Finder not responding to your Mac? Try these tips!

When it comes to file management and navigation on your Mac, Finder is where we all go. But what if Finder stops responding or gets stuck randomly?

Finder is the default file manager that is present in all Mac systems and will surely find its way to future iterations. Finder is not only a simple file manager, but is also responsible for launching other programs and managing files and disks.

But despite its powerful features and its great importance, there are still several cases in which Finder no longer responds at all. It hangs on the screen or the window gives the message “does not respond”. This is a common problem and affects many Mac computers.

There are a number of reasons why Finder no longer works.

Configuration issues. This is the most common reason for the discussed issue. Because the Finder handles all operations of Apple apps, the Finder’s internal configuration may be corrupted, causing it to malfunction.

Indexing of files. Although indexing enables the system to retrieve and locate files more easily, there are several cases where it may slow down the Finder module.

Too little disk space. MacBooks come with very little storage space compared to other computers. If you have too little storage space, the Finder will slow down.

Corrupt settings. Settings form the core of any application. If the Finder settings are corrupt or incomplete, it may not work properly and you may experience problems that may or may not cause the Finder to work properly or not at all.

User profile issues. If the user profile you are logged in to is in an error state, you will experience several issues, including the Finder that does not work as expected. Logging back in to your account helps or a create new user account helps.

Third-party plug-ins. Apple strongly discourages you from installing unpublished plug-ins on your Mac. However, some users seem to ignore this warning and this later usually causes problems like the Finder not responding properly.

Finder does not respond or stops working

Restart Finder

The first thing you need to do is restart Finder. You do this in the following way. Press Command + Option + ESC on your keyboard.

Click Finder and then “Restart”.

Finder restart mac

Delete Finder Configuration

If you are still having issues then you can delete the configuration file that Finder uses on your Mac. Deleting this file forces Finder to create a new configuration file with default settings.

Press Command + Spacebar on your keyboard. In the Spotlight window type: terminal. Open the Terminal app.

In Terminal type or copy and paste:

sudo rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Then enter your administrator password from your Mac and confirm with ENTER. You will not receive any further confirmation. Restart your Mac.

Check for plug-ins that do not work

Another thing to check is to check the third-party plug-ins. These plug-ins or apps may be useful for you, but there are cases where they conflict with the macOS operating system. Removing unwanted plug-ins can then help.

Go to the installed apps, check carefully on recently installed apps by filtering the edit date to recently installed, the most recent date. Click the app or plug-in and uninstall.

remove plug-ins

Another simple way to uninstall apps on your Mac or to be managed by CleanMyMac to use. This app removes unnecessary apps without checking everything one by one and frees up disk space on your Mac. This prevents the error message “Boot disk is full”On your Mac.

Read more about how to Mac faster door delete other storage and other unwanted files. The result is that your MacBook battery also lasts longer.

Other solutions

If the above solutions did not help then you can Reinstall Mac. It then makes little sense to look for solutions, you will then spend more time searching for a solution than reinstalling your Mac.

I hope you have helped with this. Thanks for reading!