13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2013 9:09 PM by itsdezman
Paulfhannan Level 1 (0 points)
I inadvertantly put files in my "Places" and want to rid them, how do I do it?

Macbook Pro 2.4 Ghz/, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Mac Mini 1.25 GHz G4 - iMac 500 OS 9.2.2
  • T5GP5Ox32 Level 3 (590 points)
    Assuming you're just meaning "Places" on that left column of the Finder window you can drag it until you get the little puff of smoke and then release and it should poof away. Or Right click (control+click) and do "Remove From Sidebar"
  • Paulfhannan Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you so much
  • George D. Level 1 (0 points)

    Dragging the folder or file from places does work for me.  I have tried to drop it out of the places box in the sidebar, and I have held down the command, option and control keys when selecting and dragging the file or folder.  It just bounces back under places.

  • nlindster Level 1 (0 points)

    I have four items (links to files) under "Places" in my Finder that I cannot drag out (they fly right back, no matter how far I drag) or Ctrl-click and remove. The Ctrl-click menu includes only one option, "Open Sidebar Preferences". Please help.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Hi, try Option/alt key plus drag left.

  • nlindster Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, thanks for the quick reply BDAqua. Unfortunately, this did not work for me. The item just flies back to the sidebar. It is just these four document links I can't remove. They are all links to files whose names have been changed. Hmmm.

  • nlindster Level 1 (0 points)

    Ahhh, wait, I figured it out. In explaining the problem, I realized all of the files were renamed in their original location, and/or moved. I solved the problem by moving the files back where they came from, renamed them to the original name, then Ctrl-clicked on the sidebar items corresponding to the files and was given the "Remove from Sidebar" option. Woohoo!



  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Great work, thanks for the report!

  • Crystaldawn Level 1 (0 points)

    If using Mac OS X version 10.6.8 on a Macbook Pro:  Drag the item out of the Places column on the left, then press the command key (The one with the apple on it) while still holding the item in drag mode. This should cause the item to disappear in a puff of smoke.  I have found that on a regular macbook, you can just drag the item out, or use most of the suggestions offered before me and most of those suggestions will work fine. On a macbook Pro for some reason it seems to be a little different. A friend of mine has a Macbook Pro and he can drag the item out and it disappears in a puff of smoke, so i guess it may depend on what year your computer was made as we are both running OS X version 10.6.8.  Hope this helps.


  • insooth Level 1 (0 points)

    you are a genius! Ah, these happy little moments. Anyone know how a stupid .doc document got into my "places" in the first place?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Generally it's just from dragging an item on the right to the Sidebar on the left.

  • jojomon5 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yesssss! It worked! Thanks for sharing!

  • itsdezman Level 1 (0 points)

    You rock! That worked!

    Re: Drag...then press the command key