Finder won't relaunce itself. Help please.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iChanged, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. iChanged macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2009
    Can anybody help me with this?

    Is it normal for the Finder to quit using the Cmd+ Q? I thought it needs to be force quit. But of late, sometimes, accidentally if I press Cmd+Q on a finder window, it quits, and does not relaunch either. So to speak, the Desktop disappears. I have to launch Downloads/Documents from the Dock to start the finder running once again. Doesn't seem Mac like. Something wrong, is it?

    And i recall this started happening after I ran an update for 10.6.1. It was running fine with 10.6.0

  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Look in the Finder's application menu. Is there an actual Quit button there? If there is, and you'd rather there wasn't, open up terminal and type this in, and hit enter after each line:

    defaults delete QuitMenuItem
    killall Finder
  3. iChanged thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2009
    Thanks a lot. It worked. :) Just a couple of more queries.
    But how do I make it relaunch in case I need to refresh?
    And how do I put the Quit command back on the menu, yet again, just in case. :)
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    To relaunch the finder, click its icon in the dock once, or force quit it.
    To put the Quit item back, use these Terminal commands:
    defaults write QuitMenuItem -bool true
    killall Finder
  5. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    If you ever want to just relaunch the Finder, hold down the option key and right click (or control + click) on the Finder icon in the dock. You will see a Relaunch command at the bottom of the dialog that pops up.


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