How do I restart Finder on macOS?


The macOS system file manager – aka Finder – works without problems 99% of the time. But sometimes (very, very rarely) it “hangs”, sometimes it needs to be rebooted for certain changes to take effect. Therefore, the restart skill Finder useful to everyone. There are several ways to do this.

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How to restart Finder on Mac using an icon

How to restart (restart) Finder on Mac (macOS): 4 ways

one… Press the button on the keyboard ⌥Option (Alt)

2… Click on Finder icon in the Dock with the right mouse button.

3… Select item Restart

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How to restart Finder on Mac using the Apple menu ()

How to restart (restart) Finder on Mac (macOS): 4 ways

one… With active window Finder click on Apple menu ( in the upper left part of the screen) and hold down the button on the keyboard ⇧Shift

2… Select item Force Quit Finder

Alternatively, you can click on the item Force terminate (press ⇧Shift not necessary), in the list of programs that appears, select Finder and press the button Restart

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How to restart the Finder on Mac using a Force Quit window

1. Press the keyboard shortcut ⌥Option (Alt) + ⌘Cmd + Esc

2. In the window that appears, select Finder and press the button Restart

How to restart (restart) Finder on Mac (macOS): 4 ways

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How to restart Finder on Mac using Terminal

How to restart (restart) Finder on Mac (macOS): 4 ways

one… Open the program Terminal (LaunchpadOthersTerminal).

2… At the command prompt, enter killall finder… Press the key Return (Enter).

There are other ways – but these are the simplest.

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