Force Quite Finder on Mac

Finder is a default file manager in Mac operating systems, that was available since the very beginning in mid 1980-s. Now it always takes place on the left of your dock bar. It cannot be removed or dispositioned, moreover, it has a specific window if you hold it with such options:

  • New Finder Window
  • New Smart Folder
  • Find…
  • Go to Folder…
  • Connect to Server…
  • Show All Windows
  • Hide / Hide Others

… as you may have noticed, there is no command of quitting Finder. It is done for security reasons, so that average user always can have access to a hard drive. But there are a few tricks how to quit / force quit the app.

Wrong, but most commonly described

  1. Click on the Finder
  2. Go to Apple menu (left upper corner – )
  3. Hold Shift (⇧)
  4. Click on appeared option Force Quit Finder (⌥⇧⌘⎋)

This method as well as relaunching of Finder via shortcut ⌘+⇧+ ESC (Command + Shift + Esc) was the only one available in previous OS X versions, thus many websites recommend it as the only possible. Nevertheless it is not turned off completely. See screenshots of our RAM tracking app Memory Cleaner.


Right, and simple as pie


  1. Click on Finder icon in Menu bar
  2. Select Quit Finder
  3. Click on dock icon relaunch

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