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Question: Mavericks files / directories in finder slow showing up

I have had this problem happen very consistently. When pulling up finder or an application that needs to call on an open file dialog to look for something, the files and subfodlers take a long time to actually show up. If I select a subfolder, the progress wheel will grind in the lower-left corner for 15-30 seconds before the files in that subfolder show up. Selecting another level under that will give me the same delay.

I'm running an 2012 27" iMac, fully loaded with an i7 and max mem.

Anyone else having ths problem? I thought at first it might be a spotlight/index issue with my drive once I initially upgrade, but I have had it now for several days with my computer left on the entire time, so indexing should have been done.

Any ideas on what is causing this is or how to work around it?


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May 4, 2015 5:01 PM in response to PfromMS In response to PfromMS

PfromMS wrote:

A few minutes later I toggled FileSharing off and then on again, and got an immediate positive response.

Toggling the FileSharing off and on did the trick for me. I've tried every other suggestion on the internet on this problem and I was starting to go insane! This was the answer!


May 4, 2015 5:01 PM

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May 14, 2015 1:56 AM in response to kb8wfh In response to kb8wfh

I've been trying to fix this for a while, using the various recommendations.

What worked for me was to turn off 'Show Preview'.

Now it is still slow the first time you go to a directory in Finder, but it's back to normal speeds after that.

I'm thinking of getting it to open all the standard directories at boot up - is there something that does this automatically?

May 14, 2015 1:56 AM

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Aug 18, 2015 11:39 PM in response to kb8wfh In response to kb8wfh

I think I have a really simple answer and a fix that's been working for me from the get-go.

What I realized was that the I have been migrating from Mac to Mac over the years and certain folders have gotten really big in size, in terms of number of files and total filesize within a folder.

In my case, it was the "Downloads" folder...the default folder that my Chrome would download files into...and also email attachments. I always had trouble (as with everyone else on this thread) with a lag and delay in attaching files, selecting files, or downloading files into this folder.

Well, when I looked at the folder, it had become hundreds of files totaling over 1.2 GB in size. I finally just deleted everything (since they were mostly web downloads) and empty the trash thereafter.

Now choosing files from the folder is lightning delay.

Hope this helps.

Aug 18, 2015 11:39 PM

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Dec 13, 2015 10:32 AM in response to azamino In response to azamino

I did what azamino and BThiessen suggested and it solved the problem for me - setting the General System Preferences to "Always" for "Show scroll bars".

Before that I had tried deleting the cloudd process as suggested in this post:

The cloudd fix had helped with faster population of the Finder window but I was still experiencing problems within applications when accessing subfolders within a folder.

Dec 13, 2015 10:32 AM

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Question: Mavericks files / directories in finder slow showing up