Whenever I click file-open or file-save as in any program, the finder dialog box takes a tremendous amount of time to open (approx 2mins). I have tried all kinds of solutions throughout the web and none have worked, not even temporarily. Most of the fixes I have seen say that good patches came after Mavericks, but I am running sierra. I have had the problem even throughout El Capitan, but it was barely a problem. On El Capitan the longest delay was maybe 10 seconds.

A few things I have tried/noticed

  • The problem occurs in safe mode, but it does NOT occur on the guest accounts
  • Going into Safe Mode doesn't fix the problem
  • Deleting the Finder plist doesn't work
  • Deleting Icloud caches do not work
  • I was thinking about a similar issue I was having a while ago and it was because every time I tried to open the dialog it would try to connect to my NAS. The NAS had to spin-up before the drive was available for Finder so I had several seconds of delay. Do you have any external drives that could be slowing it down?
    – fsb
    Nov 4, 2016 at 18:46
  • Unfortunately not. The only thing I have is the one SSD in my macbook.
    – Alex J
    Nov 4, 2016 at 18:55
  • I have the same problem. All apps are slow with the Open dialogs - even changing dirs is a pain.
    – mist
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:04

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So after quite a few months of this problem going on. I decided to sit down for a few hours and find the solution for myself. Turns out, the solution was rather simple, but it might be a trouble point in other cases more than mine. Ultimately, My problem was with Icloud. After removing ICloud functionality from my mac, the problem instantly vanished. Fortunately, I do not use ICloud at all and instead, opt for Google Drive. For some, I say this might be a trouble point because it requires removing Icloud files.

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