Finder Not Responding on Mac? Follow this Fixes Before Hitting the Panic Button

Finder Not Working on Mac? There’s no need to panic, as it takes only a couple of click to get it back to normal. Follow the steps mentioned here, and you’ll be just fine.

When it comes to File management and navigation, Finder is where we all go. But imagine if Mac Finder does not respond to any of the commands you give. It may undoubtedly hurt your productivity as you cannot do anything without it. Thankfully, there are a few possible solutions to fix Mac finder not working problem.

That’s precisely we’ll talk about in this post today. If you find yourself in a similar situation, follow the different fixes mentioned in this post to get your favorite Finder back to work. As for last resort, reinstalling Mac OS X is always an option, but that’ll be our last hope. Anyways, let’s check out the basics first.

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How to Fix Finder Not Working Issue on Mac

Solution #1: Relaunch Finder Using Task Manager

The very first to get your Finder back is to quit it forcefully and then see if it starts usually.

  • Open Task Manager by pressing Option + Command + Esc.
  • From the list of running Apps, click on Finder and then click on “Relaunch” option.

Quit Finder Using Task Manager on Mac

Doing this will Force Quit the Finder and also relaunch it. If things are executed as planned, you may have a fully functional Finder at your disposal. But if it didn’t turn out as expected, keep reading.

Solution #2: Force Quit Finder

Now that the easy way didn’t actually help us, we will have to apply a little force to quit Finder!

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  • Make sure the Finder app is the active Window.
  • Click on the Apple Logo → Click on the Force Quit Finder.
  • Wait for a few seconds, and then launch the Finder.

Force Quit Finder on Mac

If you have got what you were looking for, you can get back to your business. Else, keep reading!

Solution #3: Quit Finder Using Activity Monitor app

Another way to Force Quit Finder is by using the Activity Monitor app on the Mac.

  • Launch the Activity Monitor app using the Launchpad
  • Click on Finder from the list of processes running.
  • Now click on the “X” icon at the top-left.
  • At the pop-up click on Force Quit.

Click on Finder from the list and Click Cancel in Mac Activity Monitor app

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Quit Finder Using Mac Activity Monitor app

You’ll notice Finder removed from the list of running processes. Ideally, this should do the trick. But just in case it doesn’t help either, you may need to follow a little hard route.

Solution #4: Try Logging out and Log in Again

If none of the fixes above seems to help, try logging out and then log in to your Mac again. This ideally kills all the running processes and starts them back when you log in. Make sure you Log Out and not just lock your Mac.

To Log Out from your Mac Click the () Apple Logo and then click on the last option “Log Out .”

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Log Out Mac and Log in Again and Launch Finder

Even if that doesn’t help, try restarting your Mac and see if you have got it working. Also if that doesn’t help, I have got one last thing to help you out.

Solution #5: Delete Finder Corrupted File using Terminal

The command line is a powerful tool to get things done when everything else fails. Maybe the Finder plist file is corrupted and needs to be deleted. But as Finder itself isn’t working, there’s no way we can navigate to the path and remove it using the UI. So we’ll use the Terminal app.

  • Open the Terminal App from Launchpad
  • Now type the following line and hit Enter
sudo rm ~/Library/Preferences/

Delete Finder Corrupted File using Terminal on Mac

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  • Restart Mac to see if things are back to normal.

If all the fixes have resulted in disappointment, I guess the only way out is to install Mac OS X again to repair any corrupt system file.

Wrapping up…

Most of the times, a simple Force Quit and Relaunch brings Finder back to life. If it takes more than a couple of restarts to get things back to normal, it is most likely to be an issue of corrupted system file. Anyways, if you know of any other fix to resolve the issue, do let us know and we’ll update the post.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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