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How to Force Quit Mac Applications

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04 / 01 / 2018

How to Force Quit Mac Applications

Even if you own a brand new Mac, sooner or later you may find one of your apps acting up. How to deal with a non-responding application? This article covers all possible workarounds.

Way #1 Force quit from the Apple menu

To close the frozen app, open the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen. Click the Apple logo () and select the Force Quit option from the drop-down menu. You should see the list of currently active apps. Select a frozen app and click Force Quit.

Way#2  Force quit from the Dock

Active application’s icon is usually placed on your Dock panel. You can easily force quit the non-responding app from there. How can you do this? There’s no magic here. Find the frozen app’s icon and right-click it (or click with the Ctrl key pressed). Next, press the Option key and choose the Force Quit option that pops up.

Way#3 Force quit using the keyboard shortcut

The easiest and probably the fastest way to access the Force Quit menu is to use a special key combination. Hold down the Cmd(⌘)+Option/Alt(⌥)+Esc keys simultaneously to open the Force Quit menu. Next, select the app you want to quit. Done!

Way#4 Force quit from Activity Monitor

It’s a more advanced but still an easy way to force quit the app. Even if you’re new to Macs, you’ve likely heard of the Activity Monitor app. If the app isn’t responding, you may check how it is using your system resources. Open Activity Monitor using the Spotlight search and find the app you need to quit from the list. Highlight this app and click the X button in the upper left corner of the Activity Monitor window.

Way#5 Force quit using the Terminal

Alternatively, you can force quit the frozen app using Terminal. This step is for advanced Mac users who are familiar with shell commands. Start from typing in Terminal in the Spotlight search window. Launch the Terminal app and type in killall <application name>

For example, if the Preview app doesn’t respond, type in killall Preview in Terminal and hit the Return key.

Now you know all the ways to force a non-responding app to quit. Hopefully, your Mac will run smoothly and you’ll rarely use these tricks. Stay tuned for the latest blog updates!