I'm practicing creating Smart Folders and they appear in Favorites.

I understand they display the results of searches and are not real folders, but they still represent extra work the OS has to do, so if during my practice I create 100 "test" Smart Folders I will like to make sure that I can delete these searches when they are no longer needed.

Question: How to delete or remove the macOS Smart Folder searches when I no longer need them? I'm not just asking how to make them disappear, I'd like to be sure the underlying search process stops as well.

Right now I just grabbed one In Finder's Favorites and tried to drag it to the desktop but it seems to have disappeared, at least I can't find it. But is the underlying search also gone? Can do this many times and be sure that I'm not building up a long list of searches?

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By default, saved searches are saved in ~/Library/Saved Searches/, however, since they can be saved elsewhere, you can always search for files with a .savedSearch extension and delete them.

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    Thanks, yes this works nicely and in hindsight is obvious even to me.
    – uhoh
    Commented Jul 21, 2021 at 16:30

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