You can clearly see what's wrong with Finder in the GIF. When I click the Finder window, it appears to restore the window, and then it's gone. This usually happens after a while. It's very annoying, a quick fix is to Force Quit Finder, and I can restore those windows again.

  1. There is only 1 Desktop spaces enabled
  2. I have tried removing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
  3. My MacBook's version is macOS Sierra 10.12 latest version. If my memory is correct, I have seen this kind of problem before updating to Sierra (when I was using El Capitan)
  4. I also tried removing the saved state from ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.finder.savedState



Is there anyway to fix this? Please tell me if more information or log files are required. Thank you.

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    I think it's the gravitational field strength of the nearby earth mass. You should choose a wider orbit or a different - that is to say smaller - planet
    – klanomath
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 0:53
  • @klanomath I'll change it to pluto and see if the window can withstand the gravitational pull. LoL, your comment made my day.
    – thuyein
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 4:22
  • Have you tired disabling the animation for dock in preferences? Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 4:21
  • I have no animations but it happens to me for Terminal window sometimes. It is not about savedstate, but more about graphics. I could not find an reliable way to fix it -- just restart the application.
    – Nakilon
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 23:29
  • Somehow it doesn't happen to me anymore. I think some application that I was using interfered with the minimizing and maximizing.
    – thuyein
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 15:01

1 Answer 1


After Finder window disappear on unminimize, press Cmd-Ctrl-F. The Finder window (and Safari window too where there is the same problem) reappear and go to full screen. Press Cmd-Ctrl-F one more time and it returns to normal size.

  • Thank you! Not only can I recover my windows, but I also learned about cmd-ctrl-F.
    – Florian F
    Commented Nov 8, 2021 at 22:00

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