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I’ve had a very sluggish Finder recently on my Mid-2012 MBP 16GB 2.6GHz i7.

Looking online I found that deleting the Finder preferences can solve the issue, but when I went to the Preferences folder to look for com.apple.finder.plist I also found files like these: com.apple.finder.plist.DUkfEQe and com.apple.finder.plist.DUkfEQe2 and others with random strings at the end. Any idea what these are and which one is my 'actual' finder plist?

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The com.apple.finder.plist file is the actual file. I believe the ones with a random extension are renamed originals used to hold the changes until the .plist file is updated and then are deleted.

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