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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder Desktop
Recently my Finder's contextual menu (right-click) menu has been taking an age (five seconds or so) to pop-up. Logging out and in fixes it, but not for long.

So I tried removing various items from ~/Library -> Contextual Menu Items and /System -> Library -> Contextual Menu Items and restarting Finder. It turns out that the culprit was FolderActionsMenu.plugin, in the System-level Contextual Menu Items folder. I have no idea why it makes things so slow (the Folder Actions Setup dialog is really unresponsive, which may have something to do with it), but moving it out of the Contextual Menu Items folder (as root or sudo) has made everything better.

You can still configure Folder Actions using the scripts in the Script menu's Folder Actions folder.

[robg adds: I haven't noticed a slowdown on either of my machines. If you're going to try this fix, don't delete the file, just relocate it elsewhere -- you may wish to put it back at some point.]
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Finder Problems
Authored by: Felix_the_Mac on Mar 10, '06 08:01:46AM

10.4.5 PB 1.25 GHz 1GB RAM

For information only:

Recently I have been experiencing Finder not responding to cmd keys.
i.e. Apple + W to close window
and also ignoring arrow keys when trying to navigate column view.

I had one occasion where alt-tab would refuse to show the app switching window.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: deviantintegral on Mar 10, '06 08:56:04AM

Strange, I've *always* had issues with the right-click menu, but I don't have that CM plugin in ~/Library or /Library. I've always thought it was related to finding apps for the "open with" menu, but never found a way to disable that process.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: donquichote on Mar 10, '06 10:11:19AM

Take a look at /System/Library/Contextual Menu Items/



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: deviantintegral on Mar 12, '06 09:25:12AM

Beautiful! I can't believe how much faster it is now.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: gbws on Mar 10, '06 09:34:51AM

Thank you very very very much :)
It worked !

With the previously installed plugins, the contextual menu was very slow (+10 seconds when 10 files or more were selected).

Thanks



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: ktappe on Mar 10, '06 12:10:47PM

I have seen Folder Actions slow many parts of Finder down, and as a result generally advise that users avoid Folder Actions unless they have a very fast Mac.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: geppo1982 on Mar 10, '06 12:43:21PM
Thanks for this hint.

To disable the FolderActionMenu plugin (without removing it) and relaunch the Finder, open Terminal and type:
sudo mkdir /System/Library/Contextual\ Menu\ Items\ \(disabled\); \
sudo mv /System/Library/Contextual\ Menu\ Items/FolderActionsMenu.plugin \
/System/Library/Contextual\ Menu\ Items\ \(disabled\); \
sudo killall Finder


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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: Alemany on Mar 10, '06 03:26:18PM

Real issue is Stuffit CM plug in. I have thousands of pictures in my folders and see them with a CM (viewpick). But with Stuffit CM installed, it can take up to 2 -3 MINUTES to load the CM. I have shared this with the Stuffit folks at every release and nothing ever happened. I simply don't use it anymore



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: SpiderChris on Mar 14, '06 05:20:37PM

If you are using StuffItCM on a folder that contains thousands of items, then yes, it will be slow. Think about it, StuffItCM has to open and examine each of those items to see if they contain archive contents that can be browsed. It's a quick check, but multiply it by 1000's and you get the idea.

The solution though, is rather simple. Just choose 'Preferences' from StuffItCM, select 'Menu options', and turn off Archive Browsing. This eliminates the need for StuffItCM to look at your thousands of files and you'll have immediate response gratification. You just won't get the archive browsing feature which for others, is very handy.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: jait on Mar 15, '06 06:26:19AM

it did become a bit faster.. but it is still slower than without the plugin....



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GUI Tool: Diablotin
Authored by: EvanE on Mar 10, '06 04:29:42PM

A nice add-on System Preference Pane that gives you a GUI for enabling & disabling Contextual Menu Items (and fonts, and Internet Plug-Ins, and iTunes Plug-Ins, yadda yadda yadda...) is Diablotin. It's free, it's simple, and it works.



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GUI Tool: Diablotin
Authored by: sjk on Mar 10, '06 06:14:10PM

Diablotin is handy for checking what's installed that it knows about even if you don't enable/disable anything with it.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: dkulp on Mar 10, '06 10:27:38PM

Thank you! Big difference. Contextual menus have always been annoyingly slow on my PowerBook.



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A fix for a very slow contextual menu in the Finder
Authored by: Zeus1 on Mar 13, '06 01:33:18PM

Big problems here too...every time i do an "Open with" context menu, I get, after a wait of 30-60 secs! a menu with multiple instances of app1, multiples of app2, multiples of app3 etc etc.
Any idea what causes this? How to remedy this?



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The Best Solution IMHO
Authored by: macmunkey on Jun 13, '06 08:54:52PM

As already noted it looks like it's definitely a problem with LaunchServices. I tried to open a screenshot I recently snapped in something other than the default Preview app and found a dozen different possible choices with each of them listed three times in the pull down "OpenWith" contextual menu. The inevitable search lead me here, but I'm not real comfortable with playing around in the terminal yet. Then I remembered seeing a "Rebuild LaunchServices Database" option in a nifty utility called ****tail (http://****tail.maintain.se), (Wow! I'm getting censored here for trying to type something that's simply a universal alcoholic refreshment available at any restaurant or bar) which I purchased not long after moving to OSX. I fired it up, clicked on the "System" icon, clicked the appropriate checkbox, and was quickly informed I should restart. One more click and everything is now just fine. No more multiple menu items, and no problems with icons or anything else. Please check it out.



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