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Some links seem to be broken and can not be clicked. Drag & Drop to delete does also not work for any link in sidebar. Some can be removed by alt-click "remove from sidebar".

I had disk utility fix permissions, not helping.

How can I reset this mess or fix the link entries in the finder sidebar.

Clean install from Time Machine expected to work, but currently too time costly.

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Are you only having trouble with the Places section or other parts, too? – William Jackson May 19 '11 at 19:54
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You have two options:

  1. Command + click and drag the icons off the side bar.

  2. Control + right click to get a context menu and select Remove.

This is new with Mac OS X 10.6.7.

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This is a proper answer: Simply dragging out does no longer work, Command needs to be held down (only then the "cloud" symbol will show up). – Daniel Beck May 20 '11 at 6:13
yes... worked! thx. – alex May 20 '11 at 7:29

Try deleting this file:


and restarting.

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In Snow Leopard - there is no point restarting or resetting plists as its something Apple have actively changed as people were dragging items off by mistake!

Therefore if it is a folder you can right click and select remove from sidebar, or if it is a file you can command drag the item and it will dissapear in a puff of smoke as before!

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last info (below) is wrong - deleting the .plist file solves the problem and Snow Leopard is neither preventing nor actively helping the user to 'not' do it. Drag it off to Desktop, restart and sidebar is reset. – user100934 Oct 10 '11 at 19:45

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