How to: stop Finder opening after start up?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by John Purple, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. John Purple macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    Since installing Leopard the Finder window pops up automatically after staring my Mac. This didn't happen any time before (from System 1 to 10.4.10!). I hate it but I don't know where to change that setting.
    Does anybody know?
  2. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    same here.

    i often experience this and just hate it.

    could it be happening when you leave a finder window open when shutting down?
  3. thesdx macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2007
    It might be an application that's opening the window. Has this only been happening since Leopard?
  4. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Close all windows, then shut down. It saves your last state, so if a window is open when you shut down, it will reopen. You may also need to check the Finder Preferences.

  5. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2007
    Novi, MI
    try looking in system preferences>accounts>login items, and see if finder is checked?

    Attached Files:

  6. John Purple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    It happens as well when the Finder window is open as when the Finder window is closed before shutting the Mac down. That doesn't matter :(

    It never happened before installing Leopard.

    Closing the windows doesn't help. It will reopen at startup. I checked the Finder preferences but I found nothing that made a change in behaviour :(

    There is no line with the Finder. Only other applications that work well.

    Thanks but there should be another way (hopefully)
  7. John Purple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    I just solved the problem by deleting the preference file '' from the user's library.
  8. Jrpars macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2008
    I'm having the same problem. Finder window appears upon startup.

    Have already checked the following:
    1. Finder does not appear in my log in items under user
    2. Have deleted the following files in user/library/preferences:;;
    3. I've also tried closing the finder window and rebooting, closing the finder window and logging out/in, etc.

    This is really starting to bug me:( Any ideas?
  9. macusrngm macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
    Stop finder opening after startup?

    I found this in my login items

    Deleted the highlighted item and no finder window on the next login

    Attached Files:

  10. m1ss1ontomars macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2006
    Well, you had the Finder in your login items, so it opened on login.
  11. macusrngm macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
    Totally correct.

    Yes, you are totally correct.

    The mystery is how it got there.

    I do not remember this behavior before I upgraded to Leopard. After I upgraded; every time I signed in, I got the window on my desktop. I did not think to even look into my startup items since I had not modified it. It was not until I found this forum that I was alerted to look there. And; there it was.

    Not sure if the upgrade did it or not.
  12. pinktank macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    it mightve assigned it once you shut it down with a finder open, might be one of those harmless bugs that go unnoticed/confused with common bheaviour
  13. zeket macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2008
    Got It!!

    what worked for me was this:

    Close all apps and windows
    Force power off by holding power button until it powered off.

    That's it!!!

  14. commandnotapple macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    Found a Fix

    I know this is an old thread, but I figure I should post this for posterity.

    Over at the Apple Support forums, I found this link:

    As a synopsis, this will fix the random Finder window opening at login:

    1) Go to: Your User Folder/Preferences/
    2) Delete it
    3) Control + Option click on the Finder in the Dock. Choose "Relaunch"
    4) Restart

    It was that simple for me. If it doesn't work for you post back and we'll try something else!

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