I was trying to reorganize my desktop and had a folder dragging into another folder.

When I did this, the folder just got stuck in the toolbar and didn't copy over to the new location...

It's not a clickable button as if it were a favorites in the toolbar itself.

When I try to drag and drop it away from the toolbar, it doesn't work.

I then right clicked and went into "Customize Toolbar" and it wasn't in any of the lists for me to take it off.

Obviously its a 'favorites' feature, but how do I get the thing to get off all my finder toolbars now?

  • You will probably need to delete ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebar.plist, log out ad back in. I like to make sure reopen windows is unchecked when I log out for the reset.
    – ephsmith
    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:30
  • @ephsmith Thats just for the sidebar, not the toolbar.
    – Thecafremo
    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:04

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If dragging and dropping while holding down Command nor dragging the folder out after selecting Configure Toolbar works you can:

  1. Open ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
  2. Go to NSToolbar Configuration Browser / TB Item Identifiers, identify the problematic folder. If it's the only folder in the toolbar, will be the only com.apple.finder.loc item. If not, identifying it is pretty straightforward.
  3. Delete that item, log out and then log back in.
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    how does one "Open ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist" ? also, what does it mean, "relog" ?
    – Cheeso
    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:40
  • @Cheeso In Lion: While in finder click on Go (on the menu bar) while holding down <kbd>Option</kbd> and select Library, look for the Preferences folder and then the com.apple.finder.plist file. For opening an editing a .plist file, the best option is using Xcode. And relog means Loging Out of the current user and Log In again. Just, on the Finder's Menu Bar, click  > Close Session [Your User Name] and log int again.
    – Thecafremo
    Aug 26, 2012 at 10:49

Well I don't know if this is what you mean, but I accidentally dragged a folder into the Finder, and when I removed it a question mark appeared.

How to delete an accidentally-dragged-in folder in the Finder toolbar:

Just hold Command ⌘ and drag the folder out of the Finder window and whoosh it's gone.

  • YES! This works and is the simplest way. Jan 31, 2013 at 4:51

Had the same issue with a folder that got stuck in my sidebar, with no right-click option displaying. I tried removing preference files, etc.

Hold ⌘ cmd and click and drag the icon away from the toolbar.


right click on the item and remove from sidebar is there.

  • That's remove from sidebar not toolbar
    – grg
    May 17, 2014 at 21:37

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