I'm trying to open Finder, but every time I try I get this error message:

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I've tried restarting my Macbook Pro as well as doing a "Relaunch" from "Force Quit Applications":

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However, nothing happens when I try to force-quit the application, so I'm 'stuck' with a non-responsive Finder. How can I fix this?

  • Try booting in Safe Mode. If it's still the same, overlay the OS from Recovery [data should remain untouched]
    – Tetsujin
    May 20, 2019 at 7:07
  • You could also try applying the combo update installer from Apple of the version of macOS that you ALREADY have. So if you have 10.14.5. Do a search for "Combo update macos 10.14.5." and download it from Apple Support and install it. Combo updates often solve a multitude of issues. May 20, 2019 at 15:02

2 Answers 2


Try this in a terminal window:

killall Finder

or even

killall -9 Finder
  1. Open activity monitor
  2. Search finder
  3. Select finder process

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  1. Select left most cross button (x)

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  1. Select force quit

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