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  1. Macbook Pro Finder Shortcut
  2. Macbook Pro Finder Not Responding
  3. Macbook Pro Finder Preferences

To use a keyboard shortcut, press and hold one or more modifier keys and then press the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use Command-C (copy), press and hold the Command key, then the C key, then release both keys. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including modifier keys:


On keyboards made for Windows PCs, use the Alt key instead of Option, and the Windows logo key instead of Command.

Some keys on some Apple keyboards have special symbols and functions, such as for display brightness , keyboard brightness , Mission Control, and more. If these functions aren't available on your keyboard, you might be able to reproduce some of them by creating your own keyboard shortcuts. To use these keys as F1, F2, F3, or other standard function keys, combine them with the Fn key.

Cut, copy, paste, and other common shortcuts

  • Command-X: Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.
  • Command-C: Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for files in the Finder.
  • Command-V: Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder.
  • Command-Z: Undo the previous command. You can then press Shift-Command-Z to Redo, reversing the undo command. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands.
  • Command-A: Select All items.
  • Command-F: Find items in a document or open a Find window.
  • Command-G: Find Again: Find the next occurrence of the item previously found. To find the previous occurrence, press Shift-Command-G.
  • Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H.
  • Command-M: Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Option-Command-M.
  • Command-O: Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.
  • Command-P: Print the current document.
  • Command-S: Save the current document.
  • Command-T: Open a new tab.
  • Command-W: Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Option-Command-W.
  • Option-Command-Esc: Force quit an app.
  • Command–Space bar: Show or hide the Spotlight search field. To perform a Spotlight search from a Finder window, press Command–Option–Space bar. (If you use multiple input sources to type in different languages, these shortcuts change input sources instead of showing Spotlight. Learn how to change a conflicting keyboard shortcut.)
  • Control–Command–Space bar: Show the Character Viewer, from which you can choose emoji and other symbols.
  • Control-Command-F: Use the app in full screen, if supported by the app.
  • Space bar: Use Quick Look to preview the selected item.
  • Command-Tab: Switch to the next most recently used app among your open apps.
  • Shift-Command-5: In macOS Mojave or later, take a screenshot or make a screen recording. Or use Shift-Command-3 or Shift-Command-4 for screenshots. Learn more about screenshots.
  • Shift-Command-N: Create a new folder in the Finder.
  • Command-Comma (,): Open preferences for the front app.

Sleep, log out, and shut down shortcuts

You might need to press and hold some of these shortcuts for slightly longer than other shortcuts. This helps you to avoid using them unintentionally.

  • Power button: Press to turn on your Mac or wake it from sleep. Press and hold for 1.5 seconds to put your Mac to sleep.* Continue holding to force your Mac to turn off.
  • Option–Command–Power button* or Option–Command–Media Eject : Put your Mac to sleep.
  • Control–Shift–Power button* or Control–Shift–Media Eject : Put your displays to sleep.
  • Control–Power button* or Control–Media Eject : Display a dialog asking whether you want to restart, sleep, or shut down.
  • Control–Command–Power button:* Force your Mac to restart, without prompting to save any open and unsaved documents.
  • Control–Command–Media Eject : Quit all apps, then restart your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them.
  • Control–Option–Command–Power button* or Control–Option–Command–Media Eject : Quit all apps, then shut down your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them.
  • Control-Command-Q: Immediately lock your screen.
  • Shift-Command-Q: Log out of your macOS user account. You will be asked to confirm. To log out immediately without confirming, press Option-Shift-Command-Q.

* Does not apply to the Touch ID sensor.

Finder and system shortcuts

  • Command-D: Duplicate the selected files.
  • Command-E: Eject the selected disk or volume.
  • Command-F: Start a Spotlight search in the Finder window.
  • Command-I: Show the Get Info window for a selected file.
  • Command-R: (1) When an alias is selected in the Finder: show the original file for the selected alias. (2) In some apps, such as Calendar or Safari, refresh or reload the page. (3) In Software Update preferences, check for software updates again.
  • Shift-Command-C: Open the Computer window.
  • Shift-Command-D: Open the desktop folder.
  • Shift-Command-F: Open the Recents window, showing all of the files you viewed or changed recently.
  • Shift-Command-G: Open a Go to Folder window.
  • Shift-Command-H: Open the Home folder of the current macOS user account.
  • Shift-Command-I: Open iCloud Drive.
  • Shift-Command-K: Open the Network window.
  • Option-Command-L: Open the Downloads folder.
  • Shift-Command-N: Create a new folder.
  • Shift-Command-O: Open the Documents folder.
  • Shift-Command-P: Show or hide the Preview pane in Finder windows.
  • Shift-Command-R: Open the AirDrop window.
  • Shift-Command-T: Show or hide the tab bar in Finder windows.
  • Control-Shift-Command-T: Add selected Finder item to the Dock (OS X Mavericks or later)
  • Shift-Command-U: Open the Utilities folder.
  • Option-Command-D: Show or hide the Dock.
  • Control-Command-T: Add the selected item to the sidebar (OS X Mavericks or later).
  • Option-Command-P: Hide or show the path bar in Finder windows.
  • Option-Command-S: Hide or show the Sidebar in Finder windows.
  • Command–Slash (/): Hide or show the status bar in Finder windows.
  • Command-J: Show View Options.
  • Command-K: Open the Connect to Server window.
  • Control-Command-A: Make an alias of the selected item.
  • Command-N: Open a new Finder window.
  • Option-Command-N: Create a new Smart Folder.
  • Command-T: Show or hide the tab bar when a single tab is open in the current Finder window.
  • Option-Command-T: Show or hide the toolbar when a single tab is open in the current Finder window.
  • Option-Command-V: Move the files in the Clipboard from their original location to the current location.
  • Command-Y: Use Quick Look to preview the selected files.
  • Option-Command-Y: View a Quick Look slideshow of the selected files.
  • Command-1: View the items in the Finder window as icons.
  • Command-2: View the items in a Finder window as a list.
  • Command-3: View the items in a Finder window in columns.
  • Command-4: View the items in a Finder window in a gallery.
  • Command–Left Bracket ([): Go to the previous folder.
  • Command–Right Bracket (]): Go to the next folder.
  • Command–Up Arrow: Open the folder that contains the current folder.
  • Command–Control–Up Arrow: Open the folder that contains the current folder in a new window.
  • Command–Down Arrow: Open the selected item.
  • Right Arrow: Open the selected folder. This works only when in list view.
  • Left Arrow: Close the selected folder. This works only when in list view.
  • Command-Delete: Move the selected item to the Trash.
  • Shift-Command-Delete: Empty the Trash.
  • Option-Shift-Command-Delete: Empty the Trash without confirmation dialog.
  • Command–Brightness Down: Turn video mirroring on or off when your Mac is connected to more than one display.
  • Option–Brightness Up: Open Displays preferences. This works with either Brightness key.
  • Control–Brightness Up or Control–Brightness Down: Change the brightness of your external display, if supported by your display.
  • Option–Shift–Brightness Up or Option–Shift–Brightness Down: Adjust the display brightness in smaller steps. Add the Control key to this shortcut to make the adjustment on your external display, if supported by your display.
  • Option–Mission Control: Open Mission Control preferences.
  • Command–Mission Control: Show the desktop.
  • Control–Down Arrow: Show all windows of the front app.
  • Option–Volume Up: Open Sound preferences. This works with any of the volume keys.
  • Option–Shift–Volume Up or Option–Shift–Volume Down: Adjust the sound volume in smaller steps.
  • Option–Keyboard Brightness Up: Open Keyboard preferences. This works with either Keyboard Brightness key.
  • Option–Shift–Keyboard Brightness Up or Option–Shift–Keyboard Brightness Down: Adjust the keyboard brightness in smaller steps.
  • Option key while double-clicking: Open the item in a separate window, then close the original window.
  • Command key while double-clicking: Open a folder in a separate tab or window.
  • Command key while dragging to another volume: Move the dragged item to the other volume, instead of copying it.
  • Option key while dragging: Copy the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item.
  • Option-Command while dragging: Make an alias of the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item.
  • Option-click a disclosure triangle: Open all folders within the selected folder. This works only when in list view.
  • Command-click a window title: See the folders that contain the current folder.
  • Learn how to use Command or Shift to select multiple items in the Finder.
  • Click the Go menu in the Finder menu bar to see shortcuts for opening many commonly used folders, such as Applications, Documents, Downloads, Utilities, and iCloud Drive.

Document shortcuts

The behavior of these shortcuts may vary with the app you're using.

  • Command-B: Boldface the selected text, or turn boldfacing on or off.
  • Command-I: Italicize the selected text, or turn italics on or off.
  • Command-K: Add a web link.
  • Command-U: Underline the selected text, or turn underlining on or off.
  • Command-T: Show or hide the Fonts window.
  • Command-D: Select the Desktop folder from within an Open dialog or Save dialog.
  • Control-Command-D: Show or hide the definition of the selected word.
  • Shift-Command-Colon (:): Display the Spelling and Grammar window.
  • Command-Semicolon (;): Find misspelled words in the document.
  • Option-Delete: Delete the word to the left of the insertion point.
  • Control-H: Delete the character to the left of the insertion point. Or use Delete.
  • Control-D: Delete the character to the right of the insertion point. Or use Fn-Delete.
  • Fn-Delete: Forward delete on keyboards that don't have a Forward Delete key. Or use Control-D.
  • Control-K: Delete the text between the insertion point and the end of the line or paragraph.
  • Fn–Up Arrow: Page Up: Scroll up one page.
  • Fn–Down Arrow: Page Down: Scroll down one page.
  • Fn–Left Arrow: Home: Scroll to the beginning of a document.
  • Fn–Right Arrow: End: Scroll to the end of a document.
  • Command–Up Arrow: Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document.
  • Command–Down Arrow: Move the insertion point to the end of the document.
  • Command–Left Arrow: Move the insertion point to the beginning of the current line.
  • Command–Right Arrow: Move the insertion point to the end of the current line.
  • Option–Left Arrow: Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
  • Option–Right Arrow: Move the insertion point to the end of the next word.
  • Shift–Command–Up Arrow: Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the document.
  • Shift–Command–Down Arrow: Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the document.
  • Shift–Command–Left Arrow: Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the current line.
  • Shift–Command–Right Arrow: Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the current line.
  • Shift–Up Arrow: Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line above.
  • Shift–Down Arrow: Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line below.
  • Shift–Left Arrow: Extend text selection one character to the left.
  • Shift–Right Arrow: Extend text selection one character to the right.
  • Option–Shift–Up Arrow: Extend text selection to the beginning of the current paragraph, then to the beginning of the following paragraph if pressed again.
  • Option–Shift–Down Arrow: Extend text selection to the end of the current paragraph, then to the end of the following paragraph if pressed again.
  • Option–Shift–Left Arrow: Extend text selection to the beginning of the current word, then to the beginning of the following word if pressed again.
  • Option–Shift–Right Arrow: Extend text selection to the end of the current word, then to the end of the following word if pressed again.
  • Control-A: Move to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
  • Control-E: Move to the end of a line or paragraph.
  • Control-F: Move one character forward.
  • Control-B: Move one character backward.
  • Control-L: Center the cursor or selection in the visible area.
  • Control-P: Move up one line.
  • Control-N: Move down one line.
  • Control-O: Insert a new line after the insertion point.
  • Control-T: Swap the character behind the insertion point with the character in front of the insertion point.
  • Command–Left Curly Bracket ({): Left align.
  • Command–Right Curly Bracket (}): Right align.
  • Shift–Command–Vertical bar ( ): Center align.
  • Option-Command-F: Go to the search field.
  • Option-Command-T: Show or hide a toolbar in the app.
  • Option-Command-C: Copy Style: Copy the formatting settings of the selected item to the Clipboard.
  • Option-Command-V: Paste Style: Apply the copied style to the selected item.
  • Option-Shift-Command-V: Paste and Match Style: Apply the style of the surrounding content to the item pasted within that content.
  • Option-Command-I: Show or hide the inspector window.
  • Shift-Command-P: Page setup: Display a window for selecting document settings.
  • Shift-Command-S: Display the Save As dialog, or duplicate the current document.
  • Shift–Command–Minus sign (-): Decrease the size of the selected item.
  • Shift–Command–Plus sign (+): Increase the size of the selected item. Command–Equal sign (=) performs the same function.
  • Shift–Command–Question mark (?): Open the Help menu.

Other shortcuts

For more shortcuts, check the shortcut abbreviations shown in the menus of your apps. Every app can have its own shortcuts, and shortcuts that work in one app might not work in another.

  • Apple Music shortcuts: Choose Help > Keyboard shortcuts from the menu bar in the Music app.
  • Other shortcuts: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Shortcuts.

Learn more

  • Create your own shortcuts and resolve conflicts between shortcuts
  • Change the behavior of the function keys or modifier keys
Macbook

The latest update to macOS, Monterey, has been highly anticipated and talked about for some time now.

It features a lot of new functions and an updated visual appearance that make the operating system look and feel closer to iOS that Apple uses on their mobile devices.

But even though there are many good aspects to Monterey, users are also experiencing some performance issues after installing it. One of these that we will address here is the Mac finder not responding after installing Monterey. If this is happening to you, continue reading for some quick fixes.

Contents

What Causes Your Mac Finder to Stop Responding?

  • Restart Your Computer – this is always a good first step when you have any app or program that is unresponsive and will often get things fixed quickly. Select Restart from the Apple menu.
  • Force Quit Finder and Restart the App – The force quit is a command every MacBook owner should know. Just press Command, Option, Escape, and then select the Finder from the window to force quit. Open it back up from the Applications folder.
  • Check for 3rd Party Plugins/Apps – This fix involves updating all of the 3rd party plugins and apps you have on your MacBook. If they aren’t updated, they can cause issues with the Finder. If no updates are available, you may need to delete them.
  • Killing the Process from Activity Monitor – This is similar to a Force Quit but takes a more direct route. You’ll need to access the Activity Monitor app, and from there, you can select the Finder to kill the process.
  • Power Cycling Your Computer – Power cycling can be seen as a forced reset and is another potential quick fix for the issue. Simply hold down the power button while the power/reset process cycles.
  • Clearing Storage – If you don’t have enough free space, your MacBook can experience performance issues. Delete any unnecessary files or apps to clear up storage space.
  • Resetting Mac to Factory Settings – This is the last effort sort of fix that will erase all of the files on your computer and reset everything to factory settings. It can work to fix corrupted files and apps.

Fix 1: Restart Your Computer

The first thing you should do if you find the Finder unresponsive after installing macOS Monterey is to restart your computer. This can fix a variety of small issues and bugs that occur at any point and is a recommended fix to try whenever you experience a problem that you can’t figure out how to fix immediately. This may be all you need to do to fix the problem of the Finder not responding in Monterey.

Fix 2: Force Quit Finder and Restart the App

If you encounter the issue of the Finder freezing, you will want to perform a force quit and then reopen the app. This can happen from time to time, regardless of what operating system you are on. Knowing how to force quit can help you resolve the issues with other unresponsive apps as well.

To force quit Finder, follow these steps:

  1. Press these three keys on your keyboard at the same time – Command, Option, Esc.
  2. The force quit window will pop up (see above).
  3. Select the Finder from the list of programs that are currently running.
  4. Click on Relaunch.
  5. This will force the Finder to quit.
  6. Restart Finder, and it should be responsive.

Alternatively, you can click on the Apple logo, then click Force Quit Finder.

Macbook pro finder quit unexpectedly

Fix 3: Check for 3rd Party Plugins/Apps

You might have some 3rd-party plugins or apps on your computer that can be causing issues with the Finder and result in it becoming unresponsive.

If the first two fixes above did not help you resolve the issue, you can search for these troublesome 3rd-party programs.

The first thing you will want to do is make sure that all of the apps you have installed on your computer are updated to their latest versions. The newer versions of macOS, including Monterey, Big Sur and Catalina, are only compatible with 64-bit apps.

So if you have any 32-bit apps on your computer, this can cause problems with the Finder when you attempt to open them.

If you have updated all of your apps and programs to their current versions and you notice any issues with the Finder still happening, you may need to delete apps that don’t have an update available as this could be the source of your issue.

Typically, developers will update their apps pretty quickly after a major macOS update. You may also consider trying out CleanMyMac to detect and remove unwanted plugins and software.

Fix 4: Killing the Process from Activity Monitor

Another fix you can try is killing the Finder Process from Activity Monitor. This is somewhat similar to force closing an app but takes a more direct approach.

To kill the process, you first need to open Activity Monitor. You can access this from the Utilities folder in your Finder, but if your finder is not responding, you can also press Command and Space to access the Spotlight Siri search.

To kill a process once you are in Activity Monitor, follow these steps:

  1. Select Finder from the Process Name list
  2. Click on the Stop button, marked by an X on the top of the window
  3. Select either Quit or Force Quit depending on which one works to close the process

Fix 5: Power cycling your Computer

A power cycle is a forced restart of your computer. Power cycling can fix a range of glitches and bugs and fix an unresponsive program or app, such as the Finder.

To power cycle your MacBook, follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the power button on your MacBook until it shuts down
  2. Continued holding the power button and unplug the power cables
  3. Hold for another 10 seconds
  4. Restart the computer

Fix 6: Clearing Storage

If you don’t have enough free storage space on your MacBook, it can begin to affect performance in a number of ways, including slow and unresponsive apps. If Finder is not responsive or running slow and you don’t have much free storage, clearing it can fix the issue.

You can clear out your storage in many ways, but getting rid of any large files that aren’t in use is a good place to start. Photos and videos can eat up a lot of storage space, so delete them off your drive. Unused apps can also be deleted to clear up more space.

Macbook Pro Finder Shortcut

Useful resources to help you understand, clear your storage, and gain more memory space:

  • Get the best USB flash drives for your MacBook

Fix 7: Resetting Mac to Factory Settings

Macbook Pro Finder Not Responding

If none of the other fixes on this list have fixed the issue, resetting your Mac to its factory settings may be another way to fix a non-responsive Finder. Before doing a factory reset, you should fully back up your computer and save every file because this erases everything on the computer.

Macbook Pro Finder Preferences

To reset to factory settings, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo
  2. Select Restart
  3. As your computer restarts, hold down Command, R until the Apple logo appears.
  4. A window will pop up, select Disk Utility, and then Continue
  5. Click on Macintosh HD and then click on Erase
  6. From the next window, choose either Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or APFS for the format
  7. Click Erase
  8. Close Disk Utility and then select Reinstall macOS from the previous screen
  9. Follow the steps through the assistant, and the factory settings will be restored

Final Words

An unresponsive Mac Finder is a problem that can usually be resolved fairly quickly.

If you are experiencing this problem after upgrading to macOS Monterey, follow the steps in the fixes above to troubleshoot the issue and get everything on your computer operating as it should. If these fixes do not help you, you may need to contact Apple customer support.

You can also look through the Apple discussion groups to see if anyone else has other suggested fixes. Other than that you may also see our guide on dealing with MacBook Pro running slow issues.