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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows System 10.7
After 5 Lion upgrades, I ran across 2 machines that would not show any Finder windows, I could not see any open folders or the hard drives. They showed up under the windows list, under the Finder icon, and as large thumbnails, after a Show all Windows. But would not show up as a window despite selecting them, or 'Bring all to Front.'

Other user accounts on the same machines worked, just not the main upgraded accounts. Rebooting did not help.

The solution for me was to Control+Click on the Finder Icon and Relauch it.

[crarko adds: This sounds a lot like corruption of the user's Finder preferences (~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist) or cache (~/Library/Caches/com.apple.finder). If you have this problem and the simple fix of the hint doesn't solve it you may want to move these to the Trash, logout/login and let Finder create a fresh set. At times in the past, iCal windows were also susceptible to this problem and trashing the iCal prefs and caches was the fix.

Changed Option-click back to Control-click. My fault.]
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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: BiL Castine on Sep 29, '11 09:06:56AM

to reduce the likelihood of troubling issues such as this, always perform OS upgrades (especially major version upgrades) using an account used only for maintenance, not a user account normally used on the machine. you'll be less likely to have login items running in the background that might complicate the upgrade process.



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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: DCJ001 on Sep 29, '11 10:50:46AM

In the hint, the author said:

"The solution for me was to Option-Click on the Finder Icon and Relauch it."

I am under the impression that he may have meant "Control-Click on the Finder Icon and Relauch it," and not Option-Click.

Which is correct? Thanks.



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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: chabig on Sep 29, '11 11:09:48AM

He meant control-click (or right-click). The editor should have caught this before it was published.



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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: kevinp on Sep 29, '11 11:05:45PM

Well it's actually difficult to imagine what he meant! Control clicking on the finder icon no longer offers relaunch in Lion, you need to bring up the Force Quit dialog using option command escape or from the Apple menu.

More curious is the fact that the OP said that rebooting didn't clear the problem but relaunching the finder did. How can this be?

I'm inclined to think that the other suggestions about clearing prefs and caches make more sense.

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Kevin



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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: everkleer80 on Sep 30, '11 08:14:53AM

An Option-Right Click (and probably Option-Control-Click) on Finder will offer Relaunch. I think this is probably what the OP actually meant.



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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: anic297 on Dec 21, '11 06:39:22AM

"More curious is the fact that the OP said that rebooting didn't clear the problem but relaunching the finder did. How can this be?"

A good question, really. Restarting does relaunch the Finder, so the sentence is invalid.



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10.7: Restoring hidden Finder Windows
Authored by: crarko on Sep 30, '11 06:08:11AM

Fixed. Mea culpa.

Craig A.



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