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MagicMenu: Item "Finder" is used by Mac OS X and cannot be opened

You are using the Finder so you can't open it for modification. But there is a work-around for it. You'll have to use a different program. Download EditAppInfo.ksh (GPL). From the Terminal, run the shell script by typing the following on the command-line:

  EditAppInfo.ksh Finder

Then add the following two lines to it (preferably after LSRequiresNativeExecution:


Then reboot your computer, and it should work. To disable it, do the same thing and remove the two lines above.

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Chieh Cheng
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:33:54 +0000

Ok, I have resolved this problem by bundling three more utilities in MagicMenu 2.0 that specifically changes the auto-hide feature for Finder.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 13 Feb 2009 19:45:41 +0000

I don't know much about AppleScript and so, but here is a quick hint you might have overlooked:

You can toggle the close-command in Finder with the free program TinkerTool (not TinkerTool System!) (CMD-Q or Finder > Close Finder)

Then, via Terminal, you can open it again (sudo /system/library/CoreServices/, press enter, typ your password, enter, and Finder is open again) (or just click on the icon in the Dock...)

Anyway, my point is that there are things which let you close Finder.

Another way is to press Command-Option-Escape and Force Restart Finder. If it restarts, a fraction of a second, it was closed, isn't it? (Or press Option and Control-Click on the Finder's Icon in the Dock.)

Just reminding...

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 21:44:24 +0000

You could always use a Terminal command to enable quit Finder...

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 05:14:08 +0000

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