Quickly Remove Finder Toolbar Icons

Apr 19, 2011 - 16 Comments

remove toolbar icons from Mac Finder window

You can quickly remove Mac OS X Finder window toolbar icons by holding down the Command key and then clicking on the icon you want to remove, continue to hold the click and drag the icon out of the toolbar, where you can release the click. The toolbar icon will disappear in a puff of smoke, just like dragging icons out of the Dock or menubar.

If you’re wondering why my Finder windows don’t have a sidebar, you can remove it with a keyboard shortcut.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. [...] you don’t want folders in the Finder window toolbar anymore, just drag them off while holding the Command key. stLight.options({ publisher:'fe5e0a84-1fac-40de-8014-9f89fc1cbe6a' [...]

  2. I’ve had random icons hanging there for years. Finally gone. Nice and tidy now!

  3. James says:

    Works a treat


  4. Ryan says:

    Just what I needed. Thanks!

  5. Ryan. H says:

    Thanks for your tips, I drop here by Google.

  6. les says:

    Works like a charm, thank you for the tip/tutorial

  7. Artyom Brazelman says:

    Very useful.

  8. Artyom Brazelman says:

    Very useful. Thank you very much.

  9. Praven says:

    Works..! love ya :-*

  10. Darek says:

    Works like a charm. Thanks :)

  11. denny says:

    Thanks, Was a Pain in the Ass!

  12. Nishant says:

    Nice answer..

  13. Jason says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

  14. sam says:

    awesome… it works like a charm…

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