My daughter's MacBook Pro has a problem with iPhoto. Just get a spinning wheel after opening. I've tried deleting and reloading from time capsule backups when it did work. That didnt work. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Is it attempting to do face recognition?
    – Richard
    Jan 11, 2012 at 21:17
  • I don't think it is doing face recognition. Jan 12, 2012 at 5:00
  • Is the spinning problem resolved? Can we do something else to help?
    – bmike
    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23

3 Answers 3


Try holding the + key when launching iPhoto and rebuild your library.


I advise that you try creating a new iPhoto library by following the instructions on this Apple Support page.


In case the above answers do not work or if you want to try something a little easier first, try moving the iPhoto plist file to the Desktop.

You can find it in ~/Library/Preferences. It should have the name com.apple.iPhoto.plist. If you are running Lion, you will need to move the com.apple.iPhoto.plist.lockfile file as well. Try moving these to the Desktop and reopening the application. If that does not resolve the issue, put the plist files back and move on to the other suggestions.

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