Restarting the Dock, Finder or Your Whole Mac With the Terminal

You can use the Terminal to restart either the Dock, Finder or your entire Mac. This comes in handy for developers, those testing software, or those using unstable software when problems arise and you need to restart one of these services but other methods are not working.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Restarting the Dock, Finder or Your Whole Mac With the Terminal”

    Merv E
    2 years ago

    Can this procedure be used to reset the Bluetooth icon which appears/disappears in the upper right corner of my Mac? FYI: Bluetooth never used on Mac, nor is it turned “On” in System Preferences either in main menu or the “Advanced” menu.?

    2 years ago

    Merv: Do you have the “Show Bluetooth in menu bar” option checked in System Preferences, Bluetooth? If not, then perhaps the icon is for something else.

    Merv E
    2 years ago

    Yes, it is checked.

    2 years ago

    Merv: OK then. Now you know why the Bluetooth icon is there.

    Merv
    2 years ago

    Thanks, but that doesn’t quite answer my concern. Have a great weekend.

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