How to Make Favorites With a Mac

By J.T. Barett

A brief description of how Favorites work in the Mac Finder, and how to add your own files to Favorites.

The Mac’s Finder displays a list of Favorites: files, folders and drives that are frequently used and can serve as clickable shortcuts. In addition to the Finder's default Favorites, which include the Desktop and Document folders, you can add your own files to Favorites with a simple drag-and-drop operation. You can see the Favorites in the Finder’s sidebar.

Add Favorites

Step 1

Launch the Finder by clicking its icon in the Dock.

Step 2

Locate the file you want to add to Favorites by browsing through folders.

Step 3

Click and hold on the file you want to add to Favorites. Drag the file over to the Favorites heading in the sidebar. Note that an oval appears around Favorites.

Click and Drag

Step 4

Release the mouse button. Your file appears in the Favorites list.

Updated Favorites

Remove Favorites

Step 1

Launch the Finder by clicking its icon in the Dock.

Step 2

Right-click the entry under Favorites that you want to remove. A short pull-down menu appears.

Select Item

Step 3

Click the menu entry Remove from Sidebar. The entry disappears from Favorites, although the original file remains on your hard drive.

Updated Favorites

Tip

You can undo a removal by clicking the Finder’s Edit menu and selecting Undo, or by pressing Cmd-E.