I am trying to quit finder along with the dock and status bar through terminal and I can't seem to find out how

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In Terminal use killall Finder will kill the Finder process, which will then automatically relaunch as a fresh new Finder process.

If you restore finder frequently crate a menu item to Quit it.

defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool YES

Choosing this will actually quit the Finder as if it was an application, and it will not relaunch automatically in this case. But you will have to Restart. It has to be running all the time since it is the program that runs the graphical interface you interact with. If you force quit it, the Operating System will restart it automatically.

  • is there a way to quit it in terminal or through a .command file where it doesn't relaunch? Nov 22, 2018 at 4:12
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    @scribbleNerd Please edit your question directly to add these details. While doing so please also indicate what you want to run instead of Finder in this case.
    – nohillside
    Nov 22, 2018 at 5:16
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    Just to note: You will lose all your desktop items if you kill it and force it to not relaunch. Unless that is the desired outcome, ofc. Nov 22, 2018 at 13:28
  • @ScribbleNerd not sure what you are trying to accomplish, but the Finder is an essential integrated tool of OSX.
    – Ruskes
    Nov 22, 2018 at 18:59

There are a few ways to quit Finder:

Force quit window

Open the force quit window using command-option-escape, then choose Finder-relaunch. The only problem is that it will reopen.

Activity monitor

Open activity monitor, then choose Finder and day to end process. I haven't tried this, but it should work.

  • the activity monitor meothod works but is there a way to do this through terminal or a .command file? Nov 22, 2018 at 3:53
  • Try smallbusiness.chron.com/…. If it works, I will add it to my answer.
    – 2br-2b
    Nov 22, 2018 at 14:26
  • nope that reopens it Nov 25, 2018 at 21:25
  • You kan kill it using maestro I've found.
    – mjs
    Mar 19, 2020 at 21:17

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