I accidentally set one of my contacts to be a VIP in Mac Mail, it then added this folder in the image below into the sidebar, when i removed the VIP status of that contact the VIP folder still remained in the sidebar.. any idea how i can remove it ?
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What worked for me:
Go to Library/Mail and (depending on your system, V2 or V3) one and find Data and then VPIs.plist and delete it.
Create a new mailbox and rename it whatever then simply select that dummy mailbox and quit Mail.
Reopen Mail and the VIPs mailbox should ne be there. Delete the dummy Mailbox.
Go to your VIP folder and open an email from the person you want to take off the VIP status.
Scroll over to the email on that person's name in the email heading, and it will be highlight.
To the right of the person's name you will see an arrow. Click on it. From here there will be an option to "Remove from VIP list".
If you have no more names in the VIP folder, then at this time the folder will disappear.
If you have other names in the VIP folder, then the folder will remain until it is empty of all names.