On my mac mini (OS X 10.9.5), I have to Force Quit Finder in order to see the screenshot jpgs in my /screenshots folder I literally just took a millisecond ago. Even if I wait a few minutes, I won't see the screenshot jpgs in my folder until I Force Quit.

Why is this?

UPDATE: After waiting a couple hours without Force Quit, I now see the screenshot jpgs.

Why can't I see the screenshot jpgs instantly like I do on other macs?

UPDATE #2: Updating to Yosemite has solved this issue.

  • What do you mean "see"? The screen shots are automatically saved in the folder of your choosing. To see them open the file. – Ruskes Oct 15 '14 at 20:44
  • @Buscar웃 Clarified that I don't see the screenshot jpgs. – Danger14 Oct 15 '14 at 21:50
  • Sorry more questions for clarity. Do you use sharing, do you use iCloud or Time machine that would potentially explain that? Do you have some virus scanner? Next we will look in to resetting your Finder app. – Ruskes Oct 15 '14 at 22:16
  • I don't use any of those on my mac mini. I just repaired Disk Permissions to see if that would help. Didn't help. – Danger14 Oct 15 '14 at 23:43
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    Finder updates went from synchronous to asynchronous several versions back (Snow Leopard?), when Apple started getting serious about dealing with networked drives. Those can be slow, but unfortunately Apple never upped refresh priority for local storage. Rebooting Finder, or changing views can give the process a nudge. – Wayfaring Stranger Oct 18 '14 at 14:38

Try this I found on StackOverflow Automator Command to Refresh ALL Finder Windows Make it into an applescript application.

btw, you don't need to force-quit the finder, you can relaunch it gracefully if you Opt/right click or Ctrl/Opt/left click on the icon in the dock.

tell application "Finder"
    set theWindows to every window
    repeat with i from 1 to number of items in theWindows
        set this_item to item i of theWindows
        set theView to current view of this_item
        if theView is list view then
            set current view of this_item to icon view
            set current view of this_item to list view

        end if
        set current view of this_item to theView
    end repeat  
end tell
  • option + left click to relaunch Finder is the only solution that works for me. Yours is closest answer. – Danger14 Oct 21 '14 at 15:03

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