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 (⌥⇧⌘⎋)
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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.

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Right, and simple as pie

  • quit-finder

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

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