Finder App Icon

Occasionally, you may need to restart the Finder on your Mac. 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.

How to restart Finder on macOS

The simplest way to restart the Finder is to do so from the Finder icon on your dock

mac restart finder

Step 1: hold the ‚Ć• (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:

Force Quit Finder

Step 1: open Finder

Step 2:¬†click the Ô£Ņ menu¬†and hold Shift on your keyboard

Step 3: click Force Quit

Okay, how about one more way?

killall Finder

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.