Quickly Remove Finder Sidebar Items With A Keyboard & Mouse Trick [OS X Tips]

Quickly Remove Finder Sidebar Items With A Keyboard & Mouse Trick [OS X Tips]Quickly Remove Finder Sidebar Items With A Keyboard & Mouse Trick [OS X Tips]

Apple changed many things on the Finder sidebar with the release of Mac OS X Lion. Probably one of the better changes was how Apple locked down the sidebar. It is now harder to accidentally remove an item from the Favorite section on the sidebar.

If you work in AppleCare or any other kind of support organization you probably want to hug someone for this change, because it probably generated a lot of calls for support in earlier versions of Mac OS X.

This is another simple tip that many new users probably aren’t aware of and it is one of a few ways that Apple provides you with the option to remove items from the Finder sidebar. Before this option it was way too easy to just accidentally drag an item off of the sidebar where it disappeared in a puff of smoke. Now you have to work a little harder to remove items.

Quickly Remove Finder Sidebar Items With A Keyboard & Mouse Trick [OS X Tips]

The old drag-to-remove option still works, but not without the Command key. If you click and drag an item off of the sidebar while pressing Command it will disappear in a puff of smoke just like before, but try to drag it off without the Command key and it doesn’t go anywhere.

You can also right-click an item in the sidebar and select Remove from Sidebar to remove the item.

No matter what method you use, the fact remains that you won’t be accidentally dragging items from the sidebar with a bad slip of the mouse or trackpad.

Thanks for that, Apple!

  • rotopenguin

    My Snow Leopard works that way, also. I don’t recall if I poked a plist to get this behavior, or Apple snuck it in with a patch. Anyway, I had a link to a now-dead folder in the sidebar that wouldn’t let me remove it from the right-click menu. The drag-off while holding CMD works, though!

    Now if only the dock could be locked like this, I would get no calls about my father’s e-mail “disappearing”.

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