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Achau4 Level 1 (0 points)

Accidently opened about 40 finder windows. Finder doesnt respond anymore, it has the loading symbol when i click it, and i cant close the windows. The same windows reopen when i force quit it or restart or shut it down (even unchecking the reopen windows thing). How do i get finder to quit and not reopen the windows??

MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    Go to Spotlight search (magnifying glass in upper right), find "Terminal." Open Terminal, and once it loads, type:

    killall Finder

    followed by the return key. After Finder restarts, you can press Command + Q to quit Terminal.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)


  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)

    Press COMMAND-OPTION-ESC to open the task manager. Select the Finder then click on the Relaunch button.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    A much better solution


    I remembered the Finder could not be quit like a normal application, but somehow forgot you could still relaunch from the Force Quit menu!

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Steve.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    Back to you.

    Merry Christmas

  • Achau4 Level 1 (0 points)

    i tried that, it just relauches and re opens the same windows

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,026 points)

    Try closinng them, now.

  • Achau4 Level 1 (0 points)

    its been two days and i still get the loading icon when my mouse is on the finder windows, they wont let me close them

  • AustinJGibson Level 4 (1,010 points)

    To solve your issue, go to spotlight, and search "System Preferences". Then, press Return or Enter. Then click on the "General" button. You should see a checkbox that says "Close windows when quitting an application." Make sure that checkbox is selected. Also, try restarting the computer by pressing the power button on the computer. When you push the button, a window should open, giving you the options to Log Out, Restart, or Shut Down. Below those options, there should be a checkbox that says "Reopen windows when logging back in." Make sure this is unchecked. I've included an image to help you.






  • nbar Level 5 (6,980 points)

    "The same windows reopen when i force quit it or restart or shut it down (even unchecking the reopen windows thing)."

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,689 points)

    This is an unusual problem, and it calls for an unusual solution.


    Back up all data.


    Please triple-click anywhere in the line below on this page to select it:

    mv L*/S*/*finder.savedState Desktop


    Copy the selected text to the Clipboard by pressing the key combination command-C.


    Launch the Terminal application in either of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.


    Paste into the Terminal window by pressing the key combination command-V. I've tested these instructions only with the Safari web browser. If you use another browser, you may have to press the return key after pasting.


    Wait for a new line ending in a dollar sign (“$”) to appear below what you entered. You can then quit Terminal.


    Relaunch the Finder. If it works now, there will be a folder named "" on the Desktop. Delete it.

  • AustinJGibson Level 4 (1,010 points)

    I'm sorry my last post failed to solve your problem. It seems like this is a hardware issue because unchecking the box did not correct the problem. When did you purchase your MacBook Air? I have reason to believe that it is a MacBook Air affected by the recall. Recently Apple has recalled MacBook Air models because of faulty Flash storage drives. These models were sold between June 2012 and June 2013. If your system is affected, you should make a backup of your system using Time Machine or other backup methods as soon as possible, and visit an Apple Retail Store for service.


    If your MacBook Air is not one of the ones that have been recalled, you might want to check out the article that I've provided a link to below about how to solve performance issues with Mavericks.


    If these instructions don't work, you should next try to boot into safe mode. I have included a link to an Apple article explaining how to do so below.


    You also might want to just do a fresh install of the whole operating system. I've included a link to instructions for that, too.


    I hope I helped!





    MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program


    Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac

    OS X: What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?


    OS X: About OS X Recovery

  • Stuart Marden Level 1 (5 points)

    I have just encountered this issue to over 100 open windows.

    None of these replys fixed the issue.


    Launch activity monitor from cmd + space bar


    Close the finder from there and It gives you the option to close the non responsive windows on re-launch

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