How to Reboot Finder to Fix Various Issues under macOS High Sierra

In macOS, Finder is not just windows, folders, and files. It’s almost everything that you observe and do in the system. The work with the Finder begins by clicking on the icon with the appropriate name in the Dock. After clicking, the standard file explorer window opens. The same will happen if you press a combination of the Cmd + N keys with the Finder being activated.

Experiencing problems with Finder is not what you expect when you purchase a brand-new Mac or upgrade to the latest operating system version. Yet, this may happen anytime, and here is how you can deal with the issue.

Causes of malfunctions

Many users are faced with the fact that the file manager is starting to work very slowly. The Activity Monitor shows that it consumes a lot of computer resources. In addition, after upgrading to High Sierra and converting the hard drive to APFS, many files become invisible in Finder.

How to reboot Finder

The system file manager macOS – in other words Finder – works without problems in 99% of cases. Nevertheless, sometimes (very, very rarely) it hangs, sometimes it needs to be rebooted for certain changes to take effect. Therefore, the skill of restarting the Finder is useful to all Apple computer owners. There are several techniques to do this. Let’s consider in detail each of them.

Restart the Finder using its icon

  1. Press and hold down the Option (Alt) button on the keyboard.
  2. With the right button of the mouse, click on the icon Finder in the Dock.
  3. The last step is to choose the Restart option in the drop-down menu.

Reboot the Finder using the main menu

  1. Go to the Finder utility.
  2. Open the main Apple menu at the top left corner of the display, then press and hold the Shift button.
  3. Click Quit Finder forcibly.

Another option for this method is to click on the Force Quit option (it is not necessary to hold down and press Shift). In the opened window with the list of apps select Finder and click Restart.

Restart the Finder using the Terminal

  1. To do that, go to the Terminal utility (Launchpad → Others → Terminal)
  2. At the command line, enter the phrase “killall Finder”. Then press Enter.

To sum it all up

Finder is arguably the most important utility in macOS; it works since the very first minutes of the system creation. Over the years, Finder has improved and became more comfortable. However, unfortunately, Finder also has its weak points.

There is a huge pile of causes of the problems, as well as ways to restart or make Finder work. However, the pieces of advice given in this article are the simplest and most effective ones.