Recently many (many…) people have asked me how to unpublish content in Sitecore. It’s really easy in fact.
Go to the Publish ribbon and select the Change button:
In the dialog, make the item as a whole unpublishable by deselecting the Publishable checkbox:
You will be told by the content editor what to expect:
This item is not publishable, which really means, you can instantiate the publish operation on it, but it will not show on the front-end. So your next step is to actually publish (I know, sounds wrong…) the item and it will disappear from the front-end but remain in the master database.
And there you have it, an easy way to “unpublish” content.