How do i stop Finder loading on start up?

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  1. supermoto1962 macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone tell me how to stop Finder loading when i start up my Macbook?
    Did not used to do this.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You can't as it always starts up*, it has been long before Mac OS X was even though of.
    It is the same with the Explorer process in Windows.

    They are both integral for their OS and won't function properly without them. How do you browse you files without Finder?

    To learn more about Mac OS X: Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios

    * if it didn't before for you, there may have no be open windows visible before, did you upgrade to Lion recently?
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Is there a terminology gap here? Finder is what enables you to see stuff on your monitor and click 'em. Without it, you'd truly be in the dark. Is there some specific thing you're seeing that you don't want to see? This may have nothing to do with Finder.
     
  4. Cboss macrumors 6502

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    If you mean automatic login, go to:  -> System Preferences -> Accounts ->Login Options.

    (You may have to unlock the panel at this time by clicking the lock in the bottom left corner of the window and enter you password.)

    Then click "Automatic Login" and choose "off". You'll then be prompted to log into your account each time you restart you computer.
     
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    If you just mean a Finder window, then close the window before logging out. Finder is still running, but it's "hidden" until you need it.

    I think OS X will re-open Finder windows that are open when you log off. If those windows are closed at log off then when you log back in you should see just the Desktop. If you are still seeing the Finder window, then perhaps a plist file has a problem. That is beyond my help, but ask this question again, but make it clear that it's the Finder window - if I have made the correct assumptions about what your question is about.

    Luck.
     
  6. llamaswill, Apr 22, 2012
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    llamaswill macrumors newbie

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    Simply not true

    no, Mac OSX does that. when you force Finder to quit, you can still see stuff. the Finder is merely a file manager, nothing more. the OS is what manages things like input from devices such as mice or trackpads.

    if you don't believe me, go into activity monitor and look at all those processes. now run "killall Finder" in the Terminal and you should be able to see that everything still works. Finder will restart, but you can use the computer for a few seconds without it.

    if you really wanted to, you could probably do something in Terminal to prevent OS X from opening Finder when you log in. does anyone know anything about this?
     
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    This contradicts what I've read in the past, but that's been awhile. Interesting that in the Force Quit window, the button says Force Quit for every open application except Finder, which changes it to Relaunch when highlighted.
     
  8. llamaswill macrumors newbie

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    Look in Activity Monitor

    This is a common misconception. Look in Activity Monitor (search it in spotlight) to find all sots of apps running windows, letting you click on stuff, etc. I think the app responsible for much of window management is WindowServer.app, but others probably also participate. I do, however, know for certain that Finder has almost nothing to do with that. Otherwise, it would log you out and do weird stuff each time you relaunched Finder.

    It says "relaunch" because it is simply convenient for a file manager to be open, and because OS X may use it for necessary functions as part of the OS. For example, Finder helps deal with reading flash drives that are attached.
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    Even though the Activity Monitor allows you to Force Quit Finder and not Relaunch it like the Force Quit Applications dialog, Finder still relaunches after being Force Quit via Activity Monitor.
     

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