I have recently formatted my MacBook Pro and installed High Sierra (v10.13.6). Ever since, although I do not have many apps installed, finder changes are shown very lately..

For example: I take screenshots With keyboard shortcuts, they appear on desktop after some MINUTES.. Or: I delete 100-150 files, they are still shown on finder window for some time, some of them without thumbnails..

Does somebody have the same problem?

Finder relaunch fixes everything. But I have to relaunch Finder after every change..

Here is a screenshot of finder after I deleted some files. See the last column where "the kind of file" is shown. The removed files are still shown, but without any kind:

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  • I had an external drive that I formatted APFS and partitioned two ways. Partition A I was able to use smart folders in to search the entire partition, however partition B couldn't. I had to reformat the entire drive by wiping it and doing a GUID scheme APFS format. Did you do this?
    – Jahhein
    Aug 4, 2018 at 19:25
  • I have just one disk without partitioned. Bit I think this is a bug by the new APFS file format.. With the old "Mac OS Extended" I did not have any problem
    – akcasoy
    Aug 4, 2018 at 19:48
  • That is why I mentioned my situation. Did you completely wipe you disk from recovery and install high sierra via a USB or something?
    – Jahhein
    Aug 4, 2018 at 20:10
  • @Jahhein yes...
    – akcasoy
    Aug 4, 2018 at 22:36
  • Double check you didn’t change any file permissions? Especially for your home folder. That ended up being a key hint for my issue.
    – Jahhein
    Aug 4, 2018 at 22:37

2 Answers 2


There seems to be a problem with Finder's external sync (described in the thread on MacRumors).

This slowness was linked to 3rd party file sync applications (Google Drive, Syncovery, SugarSync, etc). There is no simple solution so far.

There is also a related Apple Communities' thread.


I started experiencing this problem a few days ago after installing a utility called Funter which sits in the top menubar. Quitting it makes everything snappy again. So check what third-party stuff you've installed that runs all the time.

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