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Macjack101 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello everyone! I have tried everything but nothing seems to work. Everytime I start my Macbook pro up Finder opens up to MacOS File. Does anyone know how to fix this?


Thank You!

  • softwater Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Mac OS will always reopen any Finder window that was left open on shutdown. It was like this long before Lion and the Resume feature.


    Make sure all Finder windows are closed before you shutdown/restart.

  • Macjack101 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I shut down all windows are closed,  but finder persists to open anyways. Is there anyway to find why it still opens?



  • eskylidder Level 1 (0 points)

    Got the same issue here also. even tried unticking the box on shutdown.

  • softwater Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Try pasting this command into Terminal (be careful not to select any extra space either at the beginning or end of the command):


    mv ~/Library/Preferences/ ~/Desktop


    Press 'Return', then restart the computer.


    If this works, you can delete the file that appears on the Desktop. Notice that you may need to reset some of your Finder preferences.


    If it doesn't work, do not delete the file that appears on the Desktop. Instead, return the file to where it came from and restore all your Finder prefs by pasting this command into Terminal:


    mv ~/Desktop/ ~/Library/Preferences


    Then press 'Return' and restart the computer.

  • Macjack101 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried what you have posted but no luck.

  • softwater Level 5 (5,370 points)

    OK, you should have more luck with this one:


    mv ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/ ~/Desktop


    Press 'Return'. Then restart the computer.



    NB: ensure there's no Finder windows open again before you restart!


    Message was edited by: softwater

  • Macjack101 Level 1 (0 points)

    Didn't work ether. Before I restarted the finder was closed but still had a dot in the dock. The finder is alway running and cannot be shut down, is this correct?

  • eskylidder Level 1 (0 points)

    No joy for me. I found my lappy doesnt go on standby when plugged in either contrary to energy saver settings.


    Never been an issue before. How do you rollback the update.


    I installed 10.7.3 update then I found the manual pack update in the news and installed. What a balls up!

  • babowa Level 7 (29,940 points)

    The finder is alway running and cannot be shut down, is this correct?



    Correct. Your computer needs to have a means to start up. Finder is the designated way on Mac OS. Finder will be shut down as you shut down the computer.

  • softwater Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Let me just get this right:


    1. You ran this command in Terminal and pressed return


    mv ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/ ~/Desktop


    2. Closed all Finder windows


    3. Restarted the computer


    and then a Finder window was already automatically opened on restart? That doesn't sound possible!





    Can you try this, without restarting the computer:


    1. Close all Finder windows.


    2. In terminal, paste or type this (*note: if you type it, make sure 'Finder' is capitalized, i.e, not 'finder')


    killall Finder


    Then press 'Return'.


    Does the problem window re-open on the desktop or not?


    Message was edited by: softwater

  • babowa Level 7 (29,940 points)

    From this post:


    Before I restarted the finder was closed but still had a dot in the dock. The finder is alway running and cannot be shut down, is this correct?


    I'm not sure at all if OP is still talking about an actual open window or just the fact the there is the triangle under the Finder icon in the dock........

  • Macjack101 Level 1 (0 points)

    When restarting, and after you sign into your account and then once you get to your desktop the finder will open. I have done the steps you have suggested. Can't figure this out I never had this problem with snow leopard. This what it looks like.



  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,279 points)

    I vaguely remember reading through a post that implicated Steam in this. It is only because I see that it is Steam in your screenshot that I remembered seeing it. I don't know if there is an update or workaround to stop it.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,940 points)

    Out of curiosity: why is it that you have no applications in your Applications folder? Instead, I see Mac OS in the Applications folder and it seems to contain what your System folder should have. Here is a screenshot of my Applications folder:


    Screen Shot 2012-02-13 at 9.02.05 PM.png


    It appears you changed the file hierarchy of the OS which is not really recommended.

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