If Finder is misbehaving you probably think you need to restart your computer. Usually you can fix the problem by relaunching Finder itself. This saves a lot of time since the relaunch only takes seconds to do.
Here 4 ways for relaunching Finder in Snow Leopard
Relaunching with Dock
This is probably the fastest way to relaunch Finder.
- Hold down control-option and click on the Finder icon stuck onto Dock
- Choose Relaunch option from appearing contextual menu
- Finder should be relaunched by then
Relaunching with Terminal
As usual, Terminal lends us a great help in relaunching Finder.
- Open Terminal
- Execute command line
- Finder will be quitted and relaunched after a while
Relaunching with Force Quit Pane
We can use force quit pane to quit any running applications, including relaunching Finder (we can quit Finder).
- Hit command-option-escape to open Force Quit Pane
- Select Finder
- Click on Relaunch button
Relaunching with Quicksilver
Besides using Quicksilver as applications launcher, we can also use it to relaunch applications. This relaunch feature is also applicable to Finder.
- Download Quicksilver and launch it
- On the application box type Finder and type Relaunch on action box
- Hit return key to execute
- Your Finder should be relaunched by now