Removing stuck Finder sidebar items in OS X Lion and Snow Leopard

Having trouble removing some pesky icons that have gotten stuck in the Finder’s sidebar? If you’re on Lion or Snow Leopard, the solution is easy:

  1. Click on the folder and drag it away from the sidebar
  2. Before you let go of the mouse button, hold down the Command (⌘) key
  3. Now that you’re holding down the Command (⌘) key, release the mouse button
  4. The icon should now finally disappear from your sidebar in a puff of smoke
  5. Hooray!

(Credit: Hybridair at MacRumors Forums)

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118 thoughts on “Removing stuck Finder sidebar items in OS X Lion and Snow Leopard”

  1. Thanks so much for the tip! I didn’t realize those stray links were bugging me that much, but man that’s a lot better.

  2. Apparently a frequent problems with the Mac. Recommended solutions on-line (for example, at the users blog at involve complications such as modifying the .plist file with Xcode. But yours is simple, and it worked! Thanks.

  3. I love how easy this was, and I agree, thankfully your solution was the way apple’s were intended to work…. simply and user friendly!

    Thank you!!! an easy spot in a hard day!

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