I am on OSX 10.10.1. As of very recently (can't be more than a couple of days, else I would've noticed it sooner I think), I am able to quit the Finder by hitting -Q, which will quit the Finder app, not only close the window. There is also a Quit Finder menu entry, I don't know if that was there before. I asked someone who also uses Yosemite and as expected, they can't do it.

The question is: Why is this suddenly possible, has anyone else experienced it and how can I revert this change?

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    Onyx, Cocktail, Secrets etc could all enable that. It's a toggle-able item. If you're any good with terminal it's com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem bool [but I'm no good with terminal so idk how to convert that info to a terminal command]
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:16
  • You're right, that was it! I use Onyx, but can't remember having checked the box.
    – oarfish
    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:52
  • Cool. I'll drop it to an answer for future users - though I hope some kind soul will edit in the correct way to do it in Terminal, for completeness.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 18, 2015 at 12:22

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The Quit menu item in Finder can be enabled by

  • Onyx, Cocktail, Secrets etc
  • Directly in Terminal with defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool YES
  • Thank you for the edit patrix, makes it a good Question & Answer now.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 18, 2015 at 12:55

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