restarting finder

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  1. mmapples macrumors member

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    is there a way to restart/refresh finder without restarting the computer? and is it normal to have to do so in order to view an icon change?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Try COMMAND-ALT-ESCAPE to get a dialogue box asking which apps you want to restart or force quit. :)

    It's not normal to have to do this after a regular icon change though. How are you changing icons?
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    The other way of doing this is go to the Apple Menu and select FORCE QUIT. Select the Finder and you'll see the button say "Re-Launch". That will reboot the Finder for you.
     
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    Are you by chance trying to change a system icon like that of Finder or Dashboard? I ask because they can't be changed by the usual copy/paste of an icon via get info. Though, if your experiencing this from a normal folder or app then yeah something is fishy.
     
  6. mmapples thread starter macrumors member

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    nope. just changing the icon of an alias. you think something might be wrong?
     
  7. kretzy macrumors 604

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    You can always go into Terminal and type "killall Dock" which resets it.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    So you paste the new icon over the old one and close the Get Info page but don't notice any change until you've restarted Finder?
     
  9. kwajaln macrumors 6502

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    I've NEVER used the terminal but this seems like a pretty simple way to break the ice. Are terminal commands case sensitive? Thanks.
     
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    Just to note if you want to reset the Finder and not the Dock, then in Terminal you can reset it by 'killall Finder' which would help the OP a bit more I'd assume. ;)
     
  11. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...if you are nervous around the terminal then I would suggest you search Version Tracker for a free util called "Tinker Tool" - not only does it have a restart finder button you can simply click but it opens up a lot of other useful options as well...oh yeah!
     
  12. mmapples thread starter macrumors member

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    yes.
     
  13. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Option-Right click on the Finder icon in the dock, select Relaunch.

    Relaunching the Finder (or waiting for your next log-in?) is often necessary I'm afraid.
     
  14. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I know that with CandyBar, some of the icons that get changed ask you to restart the Finder when your done, but as stated earlier that is for a system icon to change. It's been a few weeks since I did this myself so I can't say for sure what/why it's doing that :confused:
     
  15. mooman macrumors newbie

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  16. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    mooman this thread is 2 years old and answers to the question have already been posted. so theres no reason to reply! ;)
     
  17. mooman macrumors newbie

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    oh, actually you're right.

    i didn't exactly watch the thread's age, was just stumbling across it while updating my blog. nevermind then. :p
     
  18. Kahakapao macrumors newbie

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    Actually, very helpful

    Actually, Mooman's post was very helpful to me today (Nov 30, 2013). Thanks Mooman!
     

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