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Can't remove items from sidebar

59938 Views 55 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2014 9:12 AM by BeerInTheHand RSS
  • profwilson Calculating status...
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    Aug 5, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to Barney-15E)

    That took forever.

    First I had to restore the doc (an rtf) from trash, even though there was an identical doc in my folders.


    Click (right or left) with command or option did not work.


    Only command drag worked. (Or was that option drag?)


    1) Why isn't this in apple support?

    2) Isn't there a better way? Like, creating a step to edit the sidebar, so you won't make items disappear you don't want to? Or allowing a click to produce a menu?


    Almost as bad as trying to find the stickies database. (Another question: why is a hidden library not visible when you take the extra step of making invisible files visible in finder? Why isn't the Finder- command (or is it option?) Go function on Finder help if you search invisible or hidden files or library?


    Why does Apple rely on all this free labor?

  • TKFX Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:39 PM (in response to themadpenciler)

    On Mountain Lion and I couldn't find the right preferences folder to delete sidebarlists.plist. Option key on Go menu in finder solved this for me. thanks so much!!! this issue was doing my head in :-)

  • Rafael Montserrat1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 1:28 PM (in response to TKFX)



    I just moved from 10.4.11 to 10.6.8 and encountered this problem. This discussion solved it for me. I'd liketo give the "This solved my question" to the group.


    I'm finding that when it comes to 'Help' in almost all aplications—not just Apple's— if I start by putting my question or some key words into a google search, I'll arrive at an answer sooner. Sometimes it will be in a company's support site, as it was in this case (see the search results that I got by entering "To remove, and rearrange items in the sidebar mac os 10.6.8". I picked the apple discussion group in the case of these search results. But 30 percent of the time now, for me, there are any number of other sites that will give me a quick solution. Let me qualify that by saying I love the Apple support groups and I've resolved many problems from their highly qualified users.

  • emanuelbot Calculating status...
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    Oct 14, 2013 8:13 AM (in response to dgknc)

    I had a similar problem, with a file i deleted before noticing i accidentally put it in the sidebar. It was driving me nuts because I was unable to simply delete it by right-clicking (the only option was 'open sidebar preferences'), but I managed to solve this by command-dragging it out of the sidebar (immediately showing the old 'puff-cloud' icon).


    Just wanted to leave some feedback in this thread, as I found the solution here but my problem was a bit more specific, so hopefully this will help someone with the same kind of problem


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    mid-2008 Macbook White (4.1) 2.4GHz Core2duo 2GB RAM MacOSX Snow Leopard (10.6.7)

  • darkhorse85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 10:36 AM (in response to dgknc)

    This should resolve the issue:


    Hold down the COMMAND key while clicking dragging the desired item out of the sidebar until it you see the a little cloud. Then let go. You've done it! 



  • hansyd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 4:18 PM (in response to dgknc)

    I've been trying all of the above tricks save the one that totally resets the sidebar - I want to leave most of the folders in there. I still have one rogue folder that simply won't go using any of the other methods. I think the prob is that I've actually deleted the original folder, so only the alias remains.


    Can it be removed? Anybody?


    (using 10.6.8)

  • cindy527 Calculating status...
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    Dec 12, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to Theale)

    I am a new Mac user and have the same problem.  I need the basic steps on where to file the file.  Could you please help me?


    I also have a DVD wanting to be burned  that does exist??//

  • cindy527 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 12, 2013 10:38 AM (in response to Barney-15E)

    Barney please help[ me!

    I'm new with a Mac and can't figure out where the file is.  Could you please give the dummy simple steps in deleteting a slideshow that does not exit any longer.

    I also have a DVD in the Findeer that won't go away and doesn't exit. ?????

  • hansyd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:52 PM (in response to cindy527)

    Hey Cindy, not sure if it will help, but some helpful chaps solved my sidebar issues the other day. Check out whole discussion here. At any rate, try and get these guys on the case; they seem to know what's what.


  • cindy527 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 13, 2013 4:48 PM (in response to hansyd)

    Thank you for getting back with me.  I got it to work this time.  This discussion forum is wonderful.  Thank you so much.

  • BeerInTheHand Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2014 9:12 AM (in response to wayanlaurie)

    Command + Drag worked!  That just saved me months of frustration!

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