Occasionally, you may need to restart the Finder on OS X. It may stop working, or you may enact some change that requires a Finder restart. On these rare occasions, it’s good to know how to quickly relaunch the Finder. There are actually several ways to do so. I’ll explore a couple of my favorite ways in the post that follows.
Restarting Finder on OS X
The simplest way to restart the Finder is to do so from the Finder icon on your dock
Step 1: hold the ⌥ (alt/option) key on your keyboard
Step 2: right click on the Finder icon in your dock
Step 3: click Relaunch
Or you can do the following:
Step 1: open Finder
Step 2: click the menu and hold Shift on your keyboard
Step 3: click Force Quit Finder
Okay, how about one more way?
Step 1: open Terminal
Step 2: type killall Finder
For all of these methods, the Finder will automatically restart. If it doesn’t, you can launch it from the dock by clicking on the Finder app icon.
There are other ways to restart the Finder, but these are a few of the easiest ways to do so. If your Finder is acting weird, then it may be a good idea to give it a relaunch via one of the above methods.
Have any tips about restarting the Finder that you’d like to share? If so, sound off down below in the comments with your thoughts and opinions.