How to reset Macintosh’s OSX Finder App to troubleshoot Finder issues by deleting it’s preferences

There are times when OSX Finder starts acting weirdly, won’t obey your command, click, taps whats ever & you want to reset your Macintosh’s OSX Finder to it’s default setting to just to make it work as before just like when you started your Mac for first time.

 
If you are using latest Mac OSX or even OSX operating system here is how to do it

 
Delete Finder preferences using Finder

 

Step 01:

Navigate to Preferences folder in your username’s home library folder.

Open up Finder window Your User Name Home folder > Library > Preferences

OR there is another way if your ‘Library’ folder is hidden by default

Option click on ‘Go’ menu in menu bar at top of your screen you will see ‘Library’ folder link click or tap on it to open up your ‘Library’ folder.

 
Step 02:

Search for ‘finder’ or file name ‘com.apple.finder.plist’

Now delete this plist to system Trash

 
Step 03:

Now Restart your Computer

Your Finder will reseted to default settings.

 
Delete Finder preferences using ‘Terminal’ App

 

Step 01:

Open Terminal, located in the Applications > Utilities folder.

 
Step 02:

Delete the primary Finder preferences file: by typing following command at terminal

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

Press Return.

 
Step 03:

Now Restart your Computer

Your Finder will reseted to default settings.

 
Hope it helps,

 
Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

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