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How to force quit on a Mac



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Whether MacOS gives you a spinning beach ball of death, or iTunes takes too long to close (again), sometimes you just have to close one app on MacOS. Thankfully, you have options, and there is more than one way to force you to quit an app responsive app in Apple's desktop operating system.

Remember that unlike the usual method of quitting an app, there will be nothing asking you to save your work or confirm your decision. Once you've turned off power, it's too late for all this and MacOS will immediately shut down the app without any instructions. Just a word of caution ̵

1; the use of violence should be a last resort.

Let's get to that. This is how to quit on a Mac.

Method 1: Use the Finder

First up is Apple's recommended course of action for when an app starts to wear its welcome.

Step 1: Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select Force Quit from the list.

Step 2: This should produce a task manager that shows your open applications.

Step 3: Just select the one that gives you trouble and click on Force Quit at the bottom.

Method 2: Keyboard Shortcuts

If that doesn't work, it's time for shortcuts.

Step 1 : Just like Ctrl + Alt + Del for Windows 10, hit Opt + Cmd + Esc on your keyboard (on some Mac keyboards, Opt is labeled Alt) .

Step 2: Like other methods, this will produce a task manager.

Step 3: Just select the application that gives you trouble and click on Force Quit .

  OSX Force Quit Menu

And to see some more general shortcuts on macOS, check out our handy guide.

Method 3: Try radio button

If the annoying program is still causing you problems, there is a more manual way to choose which app you want to close.

Step 1: Just right-click or Ctrl-click on the wrong app in your Dock.

Step 2: Then press and hold the option Option which turns the choice End to Force Quit in the list of options.

If that doesn't work, don't worry, you still have options. It's just time to get creative.

Method 4: Starta Activity Monitor

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Step 1: Open the Activity Monitor by clicking on the icon Spotlight – ie the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the screen – and typing Activity Monitor in the text box. Then select the app from the list.

Step 2: From the task manager that shows everything that is running on your computer, find the wrong app, select it and click the button that resembles a stop sign in the upper left corner.

If still is not doing the trick, it might be a good idea to save all your open work and restart your iMac or MacBook, which is likely to solve the problem. But if you're still determined to turn off that app, it's time to go to the nuclear option.

Method 5: Use terminal

This is the most involved method, but it still works if you are a little more technically minded.

Step 1: Open your Applications folder, scroll down to Utilities and start Terminal.

Step 2: When you open the app, give it a second. When Terminal lists your username and tilde, type top in the box and press the Return key.

Step 3: Terminal lists all currently running applications – including those running in the background – along with highly diagnostic information about your CPU and RAM usage. But what we're looking for here will be in the command column. There you will see a list of all applications running, and on the left comes a column with numbers labeled PID.

Step 4: If you see the app you want to close in the command column, note a PID (or just write it down). Then close your terminal window, open a new one and type kill followed by PID for the current application. Now press Return . It should do it! Just close the terminal and take a deep breath. It's gone, isn't it?

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