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Monday, October 08, 2012

Finder Not Responding: Lion and Mountain Lion

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, Finder frequently became not responsive. The culprit was the "All My Files" feature in the sidebar. Finder gets hung sorting and displaying the 15 gazillion files on my disk.

Here's how to fix it:

  1. Open Finder Preferences.
  2. Under Sidebar, uncheck "All My Files"
  3. Under General, set "New Finder windows show:" to anything but "All My Files".

I liked All My Files. I hope Apple will put some effort into optimizing this view.