Finder is a bit special, unlike other Mac applications, you can’t quit it. However, there are smart people out there who has found out way to easily quit finder.
If you’re curious about this trick, you can continue reading the rest of this article. I’ve put the guide into simple step-by-step guide with some necessary explanations.
1. Open Terminal
Opening Terminal shouldn’t be difficult for most of Mac users. But still, I’ve to explain it a bit for the sake of newcomers. Better way is to use Quicksilver with search-term term. There is 99% chance that Quicksilver will pop up Terminal icon inside its object box. Hit Return to open Terminal.
2. Use The Magic Code
defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool YES
Don’t be affraid young man, just type and execute it. I promise that this code will do no harm to Mac. But, if you are persistent, you can type the same line of code with the -bool YES is changed into -bool NO. This will successfully hide back quit menu.
3. Relaunch Finder
For information, the code above will not have any change on Finder before restarting Finder. There is very foolish way to relaunch Finder; It’s by restarting Mac. Also, there is very smart way; It’s by using Quicksilver Application Relaunch.
4. Conquer Finder
Everything will be going smoothly by following steps above. Take a look at Finder and try to quit it. Now you can quit your Finder, it’s really cool.
With Finder been quitted, it’s necessary to call Finder as you call other applications; Click on its smiling face or use Quicksilver with search-term find.
Finder cannot be quitted by using keystroke Command-Tab + Q as discussed in other of my article entitled Quit It Already, or I will Force You