How to crash Finder with a single click!


macrumors 601
Original poster
Jul 30, 2007
Tokyo, Japan
I've discovered that Preview crashes when opening certain Photoshop documents - it appears to be totally random (which PSDs will cause a crash) because the PSDs in question have come from Photoshop on three different machines (two WinXP machines, one iMac) and are of varying sizes, content, etc. In any case, since Preview chokes on these files, it in turn means that QuickView chokes on them, as does CoverFlow. And when either of those crashes, they take Finder with them. So if I make the mistake of enabling CoverFlow in folders containing PSD documents, I'm guaranteed a Finder crash every time. Fun!! :D

Anyway I have zipped up one of the documents for you guys to try out for yourselves. You can download it here. To make your shiny new Leopard Finder crash, simply press spacebar with this PSD selected to view it in QuickView. Once Finder re-launches (on my iMac it's pretty much instantaneous) try opening the file in Photoshop and you'll see that it's just a simple, single-layered image. Nothing fancy at all.

The point of all this is: be careful using CoverFlow in folders containing PSDs! If Finder crashes, you'll know why ;)


macrumors 603
Feb 2, 2007
51.50024, -0.12662
OMG that other than causing my finder to restart when quick looking that photoshop file it also killed my dock. now i cant get it back lol... when i killall Dock it says No matching processes belonging to you were found


macrumors member
Oct 25, 2007
Yeah, nothing like showing off Leopard to the wife only to have CoverFlow crash repeatedly while showing a folder full of baby pictures ... ;)
Followed by her blaming it on you, and telling you to read the manual. ;)


macrumors newbie
Oct 30, 2007
Thank god someone else has this problem. It's been driving me nuts and nobody is talking about it :mad:

For me, if I'm looking at a folder in any view mode other than list view, Finder crashes/restarts. Preview/QuickLook explains it.

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