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Favorite Mac Hacks: Quit the Finder
Mon, 08/14/2006 - 20:25
Sometimes I completely strip down a Mac (to run as a headless server or for recording sessions). So I turn off EVERYthing that isn't needed. The Finder is really just an application that runs much like any other app. But it doesn't have a "quit" menu item... 'til now:
Open a Terminal window and enter this:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QuitMenuItem 1
Then relaunch the finder (restart, log out or use the Apple-->"Force Quit" screen). You'll then see a new item in the "Finder" menu: "Quit Finder / Command-Q".
If you ever want to get rid of it, use the same Terminal command, but end it with "0".