Is your Finder application frozen, or is it not working properly? Then it may work to force close the application. These are three ways to do that.
Force close Finder: this is how you do it
Finder is the gateway to all programs and files on your Mac (Book). The app is always on automatically when you start up your Mac and from there you can access all your files. But what if Finder is stuck? Because the application is always on, it is not easy to close the app completely. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to do that anyway. We list them for you.
1. Restart Finder via the Dock
A very easy way to quickly restart Finder is through the Dock.
- Hold down Control + Option;
- Click on the Finder icon;
- Choose: Restart.
The Finder app will now close and restart again. This is a very easy way to reset the app.
2. Exit Finder from the Apple menu
Are you having trouble restarting Finder from the Dock? Then there is another quick way to exit the Finder. First of all, make sure the Finder is open.
- Click on the Apple menu at the top left of the screen;
- Hold down shift;
- Click on ‘Force stop from Finder’.
3. Exit via terminal
If the first two solutions don’t work, there is a third way to force close Finder. It’s a bit more complicated but works great.
- Open spotlight by pressing command + space;
- Type ‘Terminal’ and click on the app;
- You can also start Terminal via your Launchpad: click on ‘Other’ and then on Terminal;
- Enter “ kill all Finder ” and press enter. Finder will then be forced to restart.
Have you tried everything but still can’t close Finder? Then you can still try to restart your MacBook. Is your entire device frozen? Then press and hold the power button for several seconds before releasing it.
More MacBook tips
Want to learn more about troubleshooting your MacBook? We regularly share useful tips on Tech largest. For example, we explain what you can do if your MacBook gets too hot and we explain what you can do to not get lost in Finder. Plus, we’ll show you how to get a frozen Touch Bar back up and running.