Stopping & Restarting Hazel

Normally, Hazel is always watching your folders and running your rules as needed. Sometimes, though, you may need to stop Hazel temporarily—for instance, if you want to create some experimental rules and preview them before they run for real, or if you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem that could be caused by a misconfigured rule.

To stop Hazel, do either of the following:

  • Go to Hazel’s Info pane and click “Stop Hazel.”

  • If the Hazel status menu is showing, choose “Stop Hazel” from that menu.

The icon should dim to reflect Hazel’s stopped state. While Hazel is stopped, rules do not run, and no Trash processing occurs.

To start Hazel again, do either of the following:

  • Go to Hazel’s Info pane and click “Start Hazel.”

  • If the Hazel status menu is showing, choose “Start Hazel” from that menu.

The icon should darken to reflect Hazel’s running state.

You can also enable or disable any individual rule, or pause all the rules for a given folder; see  Enable, Disable, or Pause Rules .

SEE ALSO

Notifications

The Hazel Preference Pane

The Hazel Status Menu