How To Restart Finder On Your Mac

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Restarting Finder is an important task that all Mac users should know how to do. Whether you’re dealing with a frozen Finder window or simply need to refresh the application, the following steps will help you get it back up and running.

First, open Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock. If Finder isn’t responding, try Force Quitting it. To do this, click the Apple menu and hold down the Shift key on your keyboard as you select Force Quit Finder from the menu.

If that doesn’t work, you can try to relaunch it using another method. Hold down the Alt/Option key on your keyboard and right-click on the Finder icon in your Dock. Select Relaunch from the menu that appears.

You can also try refreshing Finder by clicking on the Apple menu and choosing Force Quit followed by selecting the Finder icon and then choosing Relaunch. Alternatively, press Command+Option+Esc to bring up Task Manager and select Finder from there before clicking Relaunch.

Finally, if none of these methods work for you, try Ctrl-clicking on the Finder icon in your Dock and selecting Relaunch from there instead.

Restarting or refreshing Finder can be a quick fix for many problems related to this application so it pays to know how to do it properly. Keep these steps handy so you can easily reference them whenever needed!

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Restarting Finder on Mac

Restarting Finder on Mac is a simple process that can be done in two different ways.

Method 1: Open Finder. Click the apple menu and hold Shift on your keyboard. Click Force Quit Finder. This will quit all Finder windows and processes, allowing you to restart it.

Method 2: Hold down the alt-option key. Right-click the Finder icon in your dock. Click Relaunch. This will restart the Finder app without closing any open windows or processes.

Once either method is used, you should be able to access Finder again on your Mac computer!

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Refreshing Apple Finder

To refresh Apple Finder, you can press Command-Option-Esc to bring up the Force Quit window. Select Finder and then click Relaunch. This will cause Finder to restart and refresh its view. Alternatively, you can go to the Apple menu, choose Force Quit, select Finder, and choose Relaunch. If the Finder is hanging, you can also Ctrl-click on the Finder icon in the Dock and select Relaunch. By restarting Finder with any of these methods, it will be refreshed and all files should be visible again.

Fixing Finder on a Mac

The first step to fixing Finder on a Mac is to force quit it and restart it to see if the issue resolves. To do so, press Option + Command + Esc to open Task Manager. Select Finder from the list of running apps and then click Relaunch.

If relaunching Finder does not fix the issue you may need to reset your Mac’s NVRAM (non-volatile random access memory). To do this, turn off your Mac, then turn it back on and immediately press Option + Command + P + R. Keep holding the keys until the computer restarts again and you hear the startup chime twice.

If these steps did not fix Finder, you can try creating a new user account. This will create a fresh profile for you with all of your settings reset. To do this, open System Preferences and select Users & Groups. Select the lock icon in the bottom left corner and enter your password when prompted. Click on “+” at the bottom left corner of the window to add a new user account. Follow the prompts to create a new user account with administrator privileges. Log into this new account and see if Finder is working properly now.

If none of these steps work, you may need to reinstall macOS or repair disk permissions using Disk Utility in order to get Finder working properly again.

Relaunching Finder on Macbook Air

To relaunch Finder on a Macbook Air, start by holding the Option key on your keyboard. Then, right-click (also known as secondary click or Control-click) on the Finder icon in your Dock. Finally, select Relaunch from the menu that appears. This will force Finder to restart and should resolve any issues you may be having with the program.


In conclusion, restarting Finder on Mac can be done in several ways. The first and most efficient way is to Force Quit Finder via the Apple menu with the Shift key held down. Another way is to hold the Option key while right-clicking on the Finder icon in your Dock, and then selecting Relaunch. Finally, you can open Task Manager by pressing Option + Command + Esc and clicking Finder, and then selecting Relaunch. All of these methods are straightforward and easy to use when you want to quickly restart Finder on your Mac.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.