Finder will not quit. Hard reboot doesn't fix it. I can't install updates because they require the computer to restart, and it will not restart with Finder open.

  • What version of MacOS? What happens when you try "Force Quit" (under the Apple menu). Do you have any third-party software installed that might cause Finder to crash or hang?
    – benwiggy
    Aug 10, 2020 at 11:29
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    apple.stackexchange.com/questions/243259/… Seems similar and might be the same issue. Hard to tell without an edit here with time details...
    – bmike
    Aug 10, 2020 at 11:37
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    It's usually when things are too legit, they won't quit. I'm paraphrasing MC Hammer, of course.
    – Allan
    Aug 10, 2020 at 12:42
  • Have you tried going to Force quit under the Apple menu and clicking on the Finder?
    – Natsfan
    Aug 10, 2020 at 15:00
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    @Allen, Funny reply. But my comment was better - and you can't touch this...
    – Natsfan
    Aug 10, 2020 at 15:02

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In order to properly quit finder, you need to open Activity Monitor. Once you’re in the app, select "Finder". Find the "x" at the top, and select "Quit" or "Force Quit".

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