How to Force Quit Finder on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever encountered a situation where your Mac’s Finder becomes unresponsive or freezes? It can be frustrating when you’re unable to navigate through your files or access important folders. In such cases, force quitting Finder can often resolve the issue and get your Mac back to its normal state.

Force quitting an application simply means closing it forcefully when the regular close command doesn’t work. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to force quit Finder on your Mac.

Method 1: Using the Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts for quick actions, this method is for you. Follow the steps below:

  1. Step 1: Press Option + Command + Escape simultaneously on your keyboard.
  2. Step 2: A Force Quit Applications window will appear.
  3. Step 3: Select Finder from the list of applications.
  4. Step 4: Click on the “Force Quit” button.

Your Finder will now be force quit, and you can relaunch it by clicking on its icon in the Dock or using Spotlight search.

Method 2: Using Activity Monitor

If you’re comfortable navigating through system utilities, you can use Activity Monitor to force quit Finder. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open “Finder”, located in your Applications folder.
  2. Step 2: Go to “Utilities”, which is also located in your Applications folder.
  3. Step 3: Double-click on “Activity Monitor” to open it.
  4. Step 4: In the Activity Monitor window, locate and select “Finder”.
  5. Step 5: Click on the “X” button in the upper-left corner of the window.

This will force quit Finder, and you can relaunch it as mentioned earlier.

Method 3: Using Terminal

If you’re comfortable using Terminal commands, this method may be suitable for you. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open “Finder”, located in your Applications folder.
  2. Step 3: Double-click on the “Terminal”.
  3. Step 4: In the Terminal window, type the following command:
    $ killall Finder
    This command will force quit Finder.

You can now close the Terminal window and relaunch Finder as needed.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we’ve covered three different methods to force quit Finder on your Mac. Whether you prefer using a keyboard shortcut, navigating through system utilities like Activity Monitor, or utilizing Terminal commands, you now have multiple options to resolve any unresponsive Finder issues.

Remember that force quitting should be used as a last resort when other methods fail to close Finder normally. It’s always a good idea to save your work and close any open files before force quitting an application.

By following these steps, you can regain control over your Mac’s Finder and continue working smoothly without any interruptions.

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