Something happened to Finder on my Mac. It won't show the favorites I've selected (as per Finder->Preferences), and I am unable to drag any folder into the Favorites area.

I've included a screenshot to highlight the first problem I mentioned.

What do I need to do to regain this functionality?

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    Restart the Mac into Safe Mode, by choosing "Restart" from the Apple Menu, then holding the Shift key when you hear the startup chime. This accomplishes some low-level OS maintenance, and frequently can fix this sort of small-scale failure. Aug 4, 2019 at 1:35

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If you hover your mouse over the word "Favorites", you should see "Show" button.

  • That fixed the problem.
    – rhz
    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:26

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