Running Mountain Lion 10.8.3 I find that after a recent reboot my Favorites have all disappeared from the sidebar in Finder.

Finder > Preferences > Sidebar shows a number of boxes against Favorite folders, but these can not be selected

  • Try deleting the preferences with rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Finder.plist; killall Finder. Does Console.app show any relevant log messages? – Lri May 19 '13 at 15:26

Hold together Option+Command+esc and then relaunch "Finder" that will solve your problem instantly. If the problem persists, please try reinstall Mac OS X by Command+R after rebooting.


Try simply hovering over the heading "Favorites" in the sidebar and then on the word "Show" which appears to the right

This toggles the favorites on and off...

  • I had the same problem, I can't believe I didn't realise they're hidden facepalm. Thanks XD – Samantha Catania May 26 '15 at 16:44

I've just wanted to share what has just worked on my system (10.12.6):

sudo killall sharedfilelistd Finder

and my Favourites are back.


I had same problem on Yosemite. Hovering over "Favorites" and clicking "Show" worked.

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