Somehow in the past 24 hours, I have only a basic menu for the Apple Menu and my early 2011 MBP running Yosemite 10.10.1 also always starts up in the Simple Finder. I especially miss the Recent Items in the Apple Menu. No idea what happened.

When I login as a different user the Apple menu is "normal". How do I repair the broken user Apple menu? Both user accounts I have are admin accounts. I tried turning off Parental Controls for the affected user account but Simple Finder persists 😟

  • Is it the same if you log in as different user ?
    – Ruskes
    Dec 15, 2014 at 20:12
  • Simple Finder is a Parental Control… Is your account an admin account?
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 15, 2014 at 20:37

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I finally found a terminal command for changing the Simple Finder interface back to the Standard interface and it did the trick ;)

defaults write com.apple.finder InterfaceLevel standard;killall Finder

Got this from http://www.amsys.co.uk/2013/blog/how-to-quickly-enable-os-x-finders-simple-finder-mode/#.VI9WasZINv1

Thanks for the troubleshoot suggestions. It helped get me headed in the right direction.

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