For some reason, now every time I start Finder or ask for a new window, it occupies my entire screen (note this is not full screen mode, it is just normal screen mode but the Finder is resized maximally to fit the entire visible area, except the bar at the top).

I tried resizing this Finder window and closing, then restarting but end up getting a new Finder window that is resized occupying my entire workspace.

Any idea how to troubleshoot this?

Running Yosemite latest on MBP retina 13.

2 Answers 2


This problem is usually caused by the preference, you can try to remove the plist file temporarily. This file is in the directory ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist


Open a new window, resize it, then immediately close it. That tells Finder to remember the new size for all new windows. No need to throw away all of your preferences just to change one.

  • this should be the accepted answer.
    – gprasant
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 20:21

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