Mac Tip: Removing files from Favorites side bar in OSX 10.7 Lion

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Among the changes in Apple’s OS X 10.7 is how to remove files and folders from the Favorites sidebar in Finder.

I recently noted that I had accidentally dragged a file in to the Favorites folder.

No problem. I’ll just drag it off.

Except that dragging an item off the Favorites sidebar doesn’t work any more in Lion. Thanks Apple!

Thanks to a bit of googling and other users with the same problem, I found the trick.

Hold down the “Command” button while dragging the file. 

The file comes off with and vanishes with the regular puff of smoke when you let go of it outside of the Finder window.

  • Terri

    Thanks for the tip. I accidentally did the same thing with an image file and have been unable to get rid of it. Not a major deal, but irritating none the less. I appreciate it.

    • Tina

       THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!

  • Hana

    Thank You so much ! 

  • Biob

    Thanks! Same problem here. Nice quick tip!

  • Domanique Alicia

    Gah. For like a year I’ve been looking at this stupid word doc. Thanks for the tip.

    • TomaszStasiuk

      Glad to be of service!

  • Geowgray

    OMG Thank you. I was about to sail my $900 and something MacBook out the window. Well not really, but I was kind of close. Thanks a million.

  • IDH

    Yep. I echo the thoughts of those above me here. That’s a fantastic tip, and I can’t believe I didn’t try it. Thanks so much.

  • Lasdjfo

    Thank you!!!!

  • janan

    Thanks a ton,

  • Csmccoll

    thank goodness for google and your post

  • BlackTideMedia


  • Jigga_who

    cheers mate!

  • Raleighryans

    thanks for the tip!

  • panio

    Thanks! Been driving me crazy for months…

  • Yoni

    that’s been bothering me for months!!!!


    omg thanks man

  • Sbraun

    Thanks for the tip, 

  • your faithful servant

    Thank you so much!! I’ve suffered with seeing an annoying document stuck on my Favorites bar for a year now, until I stumbled across this glorious article. You’re a lifesaver!

  • Domingo

    Thanks a lot, Tomas. I owe a beer.

    • garcia888

      ditto ~ owe him beer!

  • Mauricy

    Thanks a lot man, these files were bugging me for months

  • Law Firm

    Thanks a lot for the tip. I dont know where Apple is going but they are not making me happy

  • Danny

    Thanks so much. That helped out big time.

  • smidls

    Thank you!! It’s ridiculous that the help menu on my mac didn’t have this.

    • cookies

      I agree!

  • Robz1982

    OMG… took me forever to figure this out. TY!

  • kpkyota

    THANK YOU!! My son was playing around and put a whole bunch of stuff on my sidebar and I was so upset that I wasn’t able to pull them off like before. Now the sidebar is nice and clean again!!

  • worried mac user

    help has it now been erased!!!!

    • TomaszStasiuk


  • Caley McGuire

    And another thanks. . .had me stumped.

  • someone who is thankful

    thankyou thankyou thankyou!

  • Dawn

    Perfect. Thank you!

  • Dominique Dekindt

    Thanks so much!!!

  • thank q

    thank q too!

  • garcia888

    Many thanks for your time to research and find the fix. It did just like you wrote, off like a “puff of smoke”. Again appreciate your efforts.

  • Mandy

    One of the few remedies I google that actually worked! Thank you!

  • dockats

    thanks a lot

  • mim

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! i was spending for-ever trying to figure that out! How stupid am I for not just googling it in the first place! duh.