Quickly Remove Finder Toolbar Icons

Apr 19, 2011 - 16 Comments

Finder Customizing the Mac Finder window toolbars can be a good way to gain quicker access to features you use often, and to help navigate around the file system of OS X , but what if you overdo it and the toolbar becomes cluttered with way too many buttons and doo-dads, resulting in a toolbar that looks more like a nightmare from MS Office circa Windows 95 with every toolbar enabled? Great mental picture, huh? Ok, if you end up in that situation and you want to strip out some of the toolbar clutter, it’s not sweat.

Users can quickly remove Mac OS X Finder window toolbar icons with a simple drag and drop removal trick.

All you need to do is start 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. When you’re dragging the item out, you’ll see little tiny boxes draw in the toolbar window, this demonstrates that the icons can be moved around, or, in this case, out.

remove toolbar icons from Mac Finder window

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, Tips & Tricks


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  1. sam says:

    awesome… it works like a charm…

  2. Jason says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

  3. Nishant says:

    Nice answer..

  4. denny says:

    Thanks, Was a Pain in the Ass!

  5. Darek says:

    Works like a charm. Thanks :)

  6. Praven says:

    Works..! love ya :-*

  7. Artyom Brazelman says:

    Very useful. Thank you very much.

  8. Artyom Brazelman says:

    Very useful.

  9. les says:

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

  10. Ryan. H says:

    Thanks for your tips, I drop here by Google.

  11. Ryan says:

    Just what I needed. Thanks!

  12. g says:


  13. James says:

    Works a treat


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

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