I recently needed to show hidden files in my iMac 2011 and had to relaunch Finder to do so. Every tutorial I saw, said to ctrl+click on the Finder icon and then click "relaunch". The trouble is: I don't have this link.

In the end I went to the Apple menu in the top left, and Force quit Finder, which had the same effect.

Does anybody else not have the relaunch button? Is there a problem with my Mac?

  • I edited the answer, but you have to alt + ctrl left click or alt right click to display "Relaunch". I verified this in OSX 10.8. Jan 7 '13 at 17:27

The relaunch option is at the bottom of the pop-up menu you get when you alt right-click (or Control +alt left click) the Finder icon in the Dock.

  • Sorry I've just tried that and Cmd-click only opens a new window. I think you need to ctrl+click to get the pop up menu. I do get a popup menu but no "relaunch" link. I tried to post a picture to show you the problem, but I don't have enough rep unfortunately.
    – Lars
    Jan 7 '13 at 17:15
  • Thanks for the edit. I had the alt/opt key pressed while trying it but didn't realize it at the time. So much for muscle memory.
    – nohillside
    Jan 7 '13 at 17:46

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