How to add the 'Quit' option to the Finder’s application menu

To continue on with my ‘how to disable’ defaults-write series, here’s a great one that I have used in the past.

Firstly, I should clearly state that it is VERY rare for a Mac to be poorly, so this should hopefully never have to be used! Having said this though, if you ever find yourself feeling the need to force quit the Finder as you think the interface has gotten stuck or seems slow, there is an easier way to do this, which is to add the ‘Quit’ option to Finder’s application menu!

To enable the Finder’s ‘Quit option’, all you need to do is enter the following command using the Terminal Application from /Applications/Utilities:

defaults write QuitMenuItem -bool true;killall Finder

The Finder should quit. To re-open the Finder, click on the Finder icon in the Dock and the ‘Quit Finder’ option will be available in the Finder’s application menu:

force quit finder

If you do want to revert back to the default setting and remove the Quit menu option in the Finder, just enter the following command:

defaults write QuitMenuItem -bool false;killall Finder


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This feature has been tested using OS X v10.8.4 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing.

2 Replies to "How to add the 'Quit' option to the Finder’s application menu"

  • Monisha

    I completed the following procedure, but am still having issues.
    The ‘Quit Finder’ option is now available, but after selecting the option, Finder quits briefly, and reopens immediately afterwards.

  • Monisha, that is precisely what this option does. You CANNOT permanently quit Finder as it is the application used to access the Graphical Interface. Without Finder you will not be able to log in as a user.

    This feature is not intended to keep Finder close but to force it to quit and reload if you are having issues whilst logged in as a user.

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