How to Remove Items on MacBook Sidebar: Decluttering the MacBook Sidebar

Discover how to streamline your digital workspace and improve productivity by removing unnecessary items on the MacBook sidebar.

HOW TO'S

Mwenda Kelvin (Chief Editor)

5/15/20242 min read

MacBook Finder Empty Sidebar (Credit: MK)

MacBook; whether one is a student, a professional, or a casual user, optimizing workflow can make a world of difference in productivity and one often-overlooked area for improvement is the sidebar on MacBook and in today's blog post article as opposed to the other blog post article, is a step by step guide of decluttering (removing items) on MacBook sidebar as follows;

STEP 1 - Assuming your sidebar is full of items that you often do not use as shown in the screenshot below;

STEP 2 - Click on the word "Finder" that is on the top left side of your screen display next to the Apple Inc. icon then click on "Preferences" option as seen from the screenshot below;

Finder Options Window (Credit: MK)

STEP 3 - After clicking on the "Preferences" it should open up a "Finder Preferences" window that also has other options but click on the "Sidebar" option which has "Show these items in the sidebar" and under it, is a list of the items one can choose not to display on the sidebar as shown in the screenshot below;

Finder Preferences Window (Credit: MK)

MacBook Finder Sidebar Items (Credit: MK)

Finder Preferences Window (Credit: MK)

Finder Window (Credit: MK)

In summary, decluttering (removing unnecessary items) on the MacBook sidebar is a simple yet effective way to streamline digital workspace and improve productivity whereby removing unnecessary items and organizing the remaining ones, creates a clean and efficient navigation experience.

STEP 4 - Now untick on the items you do not want to display on the sidebar (depending on your preferences) like I have done as seen from the screenshot below;

STEP 5 - Finally after unticking the items, close that window and then open "Finder" from the dock just to confirm that what you unticked is not displaying on the sidebar as seen from the screenshot below;