MacBook Pro :: Finder Not Responding / Can't Explore Folders And Files

Jun 17, 2014

this is my macbook pro: MC723 (mide 2011-lion 10.7.3).my finder  not responding and i cant explore folders and files.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Mar 22, 2010

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Feb 8, 2012

I was sorting out my folders and files when all of a sudden it stopped letting me drag and drop. I didn't go on 'Show View Options'.I've also checked my trackpad settings and all is as should be.

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Jun 23, 2014

I accidentally copied a whole folder of huge photos onto my desktop and now finder is not responding. I've tried force quitting it and relaunching it but it keeps crashing and not responding again.  

im on a iMac running OS x 10.8.5

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OS X :: Snow Leopard - Finder - Sort Folders And Files?

Sep 11, 2009

I really prefer Windows way of sorting a folder, first folders and then files, is there a way to do it in Snow Leopard? I have done this: [URL:...] But that doest work for me in SL.

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May 23, 2012

In Snow Leopard: I open a Finder window in column view that has a long list of content, scroll down to the bottom of the column and delete a file/folder. The file/folder disappears but the rest of the window content is unchanged. IE: if my view showed me R S T U V and I delete T, my view would be R S U V.  In Lion, I do exactly the same thing and the Finder jumps to the top of the column. IE: When I delete T, my window jumps to A B C D E instead of staying focused on R S U V.I've got a new Mac Mini with the 2.7 Ghz i7 upgrade... but otherwise stock. Currently running 10.7.4.

Mac mini (Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Jun 22, 2014

i cannot click on any of the files in the finder area for certain folders.*just upgraded from mountain lion to mavericks...i've also noticed that the icons in 'icon views' have disappeared in a different folder, everything works fine....and the icons appear under 'icon views'.

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IMac (Intel) :: Moving Files / Folders In Finder

Aug 23, 2014

10.8 and 10.9 become a headache copying/moving files/folders between disks. After download selected images to my Imac from cards I used to move all of them to a local network backup disk (attached to a linux OS)

I don't do this anymore from a year ago: annoying warnings like "the file ... is in use" (not in use, even had been downloaded) stopped move; repeated procedure with the rest of the files included the 'used' one, over and over again and finally, after 12 times or so all files had moved. 100 files to move, stop, 80 files to move, stop, 60 files....... 

Same problem moving files between disks attached to the same iMac.'You have to provide an admin password...." -> Continue   Password set and again 'File ... is in use' (not in use, it is just backup file)Reseting the Mac.  Worse

.'You have to provide an admin password...."  No 'Continue' option, just only 'Ok' that will do.... nothing.My solution: Terminal: sudo mv source target 

I guess Finder has been tought to make life easier, isn't it?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9)

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Sep 6, 2014

I am operating an iMac with OS X 10.9.4. I have a glitch common to other Mac users in the game "War Thunder" as a result of a game update. The game maker has suggested a fix which requires going into the game folders and deleting the cache:

One potential fix for this issue is to clear (delete all files) from the following folder /Applications/ WarThunder Contents/ WarThunder. app/Contents/Resources/ game/cache"

However, when I go into finder the War Thunder launcher contents folder shows only the folders MacOS and Resources. Each contains one file. It does not show up in the Application Support folder even though the following string from the log suggests that the folders and files are all there; "  9.37 [D]  skipping identical / users/davidmcleod/library/application support/steam/steamapps/common/war thunder/ contents/ resources/game/ content/pkg_tanks/res/pkg_tanks_tanks/ " 

why I can't see the full list of folders or why they aren't actually there despite being able to play the game up until the glitch?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Mar 30, 2009

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MacBook Pro :: Finder Is Not Responding?

Jun 15, 2012

2011 i7 Macbook Pro and have been using Lion since it came out. Only started having this problem in the past week.

Occasionally Finder will work. But most of the time it "crashes", or really just goes into a "Application Not Responding" state when I view it in activity monitor or right click the dock icon. Relaunching via force quit does nothing. Restarting sometimes fixes it but rarely and not for long.

Another thread suggested this string in terminal: rm ~/Library/Preferences/ . It didn't work.  

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), i7 quadcore, 4GB

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MacBook Pro :: Finder And ITunes Are Not Responding?

Jun 2, 2014

Finder and iTunes are not responding. When I try to open this apps the colourful wheel starts but nothing happens. I tried the "force quit" option, but in the Finder case, is also not working. Everything else seems ok. What can I do?

MacBook, OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Finder Not Responding - Desktop Frozen

Jun 20, 2014

My finder and desktop seem to be frozen. Finder will not respond and all of my folders on my desktop have disappeared. My cursor will not work, only shows that rainbow spinning wheel. I have tried to repair the disk permissions but it doesn't seem to have worked.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Finder Not Responding Version 10.6.8 MacBook Pro

Apr 16, 2012

I was going to delete something in trash and suddenly finder stopped responding. I don't want to break it. I've thought I should restart the computer or somehow fix it in disk utility... but I don't remember how...

I can still open the other programs just you know, the whole finder not responding..

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Apr 2, 2009

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Sep 12, 2009

when i went to shut down my imac the apple menu wouldn't show, it was just a white box, i clicked hide + show finder for some reason which brought back the full menu but it went away again. i restarted finder but now when i click shut down nothing happens. im having a panic attack, i really need help, im scared to shut down now because something similar happened about a year ago and my hard drive got wiped. i just don't know what to do, im not sure i have everything backed up, either. im running tiger, but that probably doesn't matter.

i repaired disk permissions, its still not shutting down and finder is persistently unresponsive after re-launching. i verified my disk and it said 'volume bit map needs minor repair', 'invalid volume free block count' and that machintosh HD needs repair.

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OS X :: Leopard Finder Not Responding And Won't Relaunch

Nov 4, 2007

Just bought and installed leopard (upgrade on my macbook) and it was working fine for a bit untill i got a bit ambitious and was doing a bit too much while spotlight was indexing, so it froze, i restarted and now finder wontoad propery, i get a dock and a menu bar that is not responsive, and doesnt include any icons up the right end including the time, but the spotlight icon is still there. My desktop icons wont load either. I can load firefox from the dock and that is it. I have terminal in the dock but that just bounces for a bit and crashes. When i cmd-alt-esc and force relaunch finder it doesnt do anything...

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OS X :: Finder Not Responding - Getting Colored Beachballs

Nov 13, 2007

OS 10.5 - Cannot find Finder. I was helping a friend today. I installed Leopard for her successfully last week on a Powermac G4. I installed a LaCie d2 Quadra 500GB backup drive and today I partitioned into 3 volumes. Backed everything up with Carbon Copy Cloner. and everything worked well. At the end, I ran Software Update which installed updates for Quicktime and iTunes. That's when the problems started. First, Spotlight started indexing all the backup volumes. I tried to stop that but couldn't. Then Finder was not responding, I tried to relaunch but it did not help. All I get is the coloured beachball. The dock is there, the applications work, but no Finder.

I booted from CDs, ran Verify Disk and all was fine. Tried to run Verify Permissions, and that was taking a long time (This seems to be a Leopard problem in general). I read online that this operation below in Terminal works, but I am not sure exactly how to type it as I have not used Terminal before. I also don't know if this is the right solution. Do I type exactly as it is below or without the quotation marks. I typed it without the quotation marks.
sudo mv "/Library/Application Support/DivXNetworks" "/Library/Application Support/DivXNetworks.prev"

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Software :: Finder Not Responding - Keeps Restarting

Apr 1, 2006

i have recently been doing some things to my system as in this faq i found at to "speed up OS X". and then not long after, i tried to move something out of my trash, and the finder locked up, my icons dissapeared, and it kept restarting! I rebooted my machine and the problem persists. it tries to run, freezes, not responds, then restarts. meanwhile, i can only get into programs that are on my dock.

i restarted, typed cmd-s, then fsck -f, and there were no problems there.

I put my osx panther install disc in, to try to do an archive & install(to reset prefrences) however i do not know how to get it to run, because i can't use my finder.

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Nov 21, 2009

My FINDER is behaving erratically - in that, when I create new folders (which I can do with the mouse and right button) it will not allow me to name the file, as if the computer would not recognise the keyboard. What is weird, is that I then click on a web browser, or any other application and I can type as usual.

I assume it is then a problem with FINDER (?) - which after forcing to relaunch, works fine for a little while, but shortly, the problem comes up again

Having to relaunch finder every 5mins is not my idea of a smoothe operating system.

Since I first posted this question, I have managed to liberate more space- I now have 10GB free space - but problem persists.

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Finder Not Responding

Jun 2, 2014

I've just got an iPhone 5S, upgrading from an iPhone 4. I used to manually sync/backup to iTunes, and did one last backup prior to switching which completed with no problems. I thought I'd mention this as this was the last activity before the issue occurred. 

When using the finder to navigate/open folders, I get the spinning beach ball which just hangs. When forcing to relaunch the window states (finder not responding). I can still use applications and browse the web with no problems, however moving the cursor over the finder results in the beach ball. After relaunching the finder it seems ok until you perform a couple of operations then it hangs again.  

I have ran Disk Utility and repaired permissions and also restarted etc but the same problem remains. Also deleted preferences (assuming I deleted the correct ones). If I login to another user account then everything seems to be fine, however logging back into the admin user account – same problem. I've noticed that if I turn WiFi off, it resolves the issue. Turning it back on brings back the problem. 

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)

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Jun 21, 2014

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OS X Mavericks :: Beachball - Finder Not Responding

Jun 30, 2014

After I boot and log in if I attempt to open a drive or folder that's on my desktop it causes the Finder to be non-responsive and a beach ball persists. In the window of "Force Quit Applications" it reads "Finder (not responding)". If I force quit finder it will quit and relaunch, but then the same scenerio all over again. If I do a Spotlight search for say an App that's not in my dock and then select it I can get any App to launch. If I choose an App from my dock I can get it to launch. If I attempt to restart the machine while the beach ball is spinning the restart will be ignored and I have to hard shutdown and startup via the power button. 

I also have another user account, on this system, which has the same problems. 

I've run DU permissions repair and ran all weekly and monthly scripts via Onyx. 

Booting in Safe Mode has the same effect. 


If I run Console and attempt to open a drive, on my desktop, I get: 

"6/30/14 11:01:28.710 AM WindowServer[174]: disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly disabled by application "Finder" for over 1.00 seconds. Server has re-enabled them." 

"6/30/14 11:01:42.711 AM WindowServer[174]: disable_update_likely_unbalanced: UI updates still disabled by application "Finder" after 15.00 seconds (server forcibly re-enabled them after 1.00 seconds). Likely an unbalanced disableUpdate call." 

What can I do to restore the finder and get it working again? 

Edit in: running 10.9.3 on a 2010 Mac Pro.

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Jun 2, 2014

I have a desktop Intel machine. Due to an error, it is trying to copy thousands of .jpg files onto the desktop. It keeps grinding away and I can'tdo anything else. The cursor is not frozen, but if I try anything I get the spinning wheel. I've tried restarting. I need to interrupt this copying and get all the photos off the desktop.

iMac (17-inch 1 GHz)

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Jun 3, 2012

I've finished working on some files that are in folders on my desktop--how do I move them to Finder?  Are there better places to store them?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Aug 28, 2009

I bought a Seagate Free Agent Go Flex External drive. I transferred all my files from my previous external HD. When I went to access my folders on my external HD, the folders are all locked, with Sharing and Permission section in the Information "Everyone: Read" only! I can't change any of the information or move things! All of them are locked and "read only." I know how to change it, but only manually, individually. I have several hundreds of folders and I don't want to manually change all of them to "Read & Write." Is their a way to let me re-set the folders to "Read & Write" easily??

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Software :: Finder, Word, IPhoto Not Responding

May 8, 2008

Just as I was saving a normal word document to my usb stick, word froze. This has happened before, so I tried force quitting it. This took a lot longer than normal, and the coloured beach ball kept on spinning. I tried relaunching the Finder, but nothing changed. Then I tried restarting the computer, got my inlog screen and logged on, but then I only got the icons in the dock below and no bar at the top of my screen. All my icons on the desktop have vanished too.

Horrified, I tried re-opening word, but no success. I can still open Safari, and iPhoto opened up, showed my pics but then said it wasn't responding either.

In my pop up window 'Force Quit Applications', the Finder is in red letters, with 'not responding' in brackets. IPhoto was in red too.

I work with Mac OS 10.3.9 (one month away from buying a brand new MacBook) and I have absolutely no idea what to do. Also, I'm not technical at all, so I really could do with a 'for dummies' answer, clearly indicating what to do and what NOT to do next.

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May 18, 2008

I am running the following system:

Apple Macintosh (Intel)
PROC 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

The hanging appears to have been caused when I accidently moved about 40GB of old photo's onto my desktop. Almost immediately I tried to cancel but all that happened is that the system has hung. Processer can be heard working in the background.

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Mar 4, 2009

When i log onto my old eMac under my profile, it loads the wallpaper and the toolbar but nothing else. Whenever the mouse passes over the desktop itself, it just turns into that little pinwheel that signifies a problem. Whenever I try to use Finder, it locks the computer up completely. All applications on the toolbar work, including firefox and iTunes, but since Finder is broken I can't use things like external drives. Is there any way to get my computer to halt whatever process is confusing my poor finder without hurting my iTunes?

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