As reliable as a Mac can be, there will likely be a moment when an app stops responding due to a bug, crash or something else difficult to predict incorrectly. Thankfully, you do not necessarily need to restart your Mac to resolve this issue. We show you how to force quit an app on a Mac so you can reload it – or at least quit everything else you did.
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How to force quit an app on a Mac
If an app freezes but macOS otherwise works properly, all you have to do is visit the Apple menu or use a keyboard shortcut to open the Force Quit window and turn off the offending app. We show you how to use both methods. If none of your apps respond or a forced shutdown does not work, you may need to restart your computer.
- Click the Apple menu in the upper left corner and select Force Quit.
- If you prefer a shortcut, you can press Options, Command and Escape at the same time.
- The Force Quit Applications window should appear.
- Click the app you want to turn off, and then click the Force Quit button. Click the next Force Quit button when prompted to confirm the move, or Cancel to stop.
- If you select Finder (macOS interface), the Force Quit button is replaced with Relaunch. Finder restarts instead.