How To Force Quit On Mac

By | October 26, 2022

Although macOS apps often behave themselves, occasionally they may stop operating or freeze, which will slow down the entire Mac.
Sometimes it’s hard to predict how long the freezing will last to make your activity unproductive and boring. When the spinning wheel appears, forcing the frozen application to close is the simplest course of action.

A feature called force quit instantly terminates the unresponsive application. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to be aware that if your work isn’t saved, you risk losing it if you use the force quit tool to end a frozen application running on your MacBook. 

How to force quit on Mac from the Apple menu

  • Find the app that isn’t responding first. Looking at the pointer is the quickest approach to identify an unresponsive app if you have numerous apps open. The program is still responsive if the cursor appears to be usual. The program is unresponsive if the cursor looks like the rainbow spinning wheel.
  • The taskbar is then located at the top of your screen. To open the dropdown menu, click the Apple logo in the upper left corner.
  • Go to the drop-down menu and choose “Force Quit.”
  • All of the open Mac apps will appear in a new window that appears.
  • Choose the program you want to force quit.
  • Select Force Quit

How to force quit on Mac with a keyboard shortcut 

Command + Option + Esc. You can use this command to display a list of all the open apps in the Force Quit Applications window.

The Esc key is situated to the left of the Touch Bar on computers that have one. Additionally, select Apple > Force Quit.

How to force quit on Mac with a Mac Task Manager

  • Open Launchpad
  • choose Activity Monitor from the Other folder.
  • Select the program that is acting strangely
  • click the Stop button at the top of the window that resembles a stop sign while the Activity Monitor is active.
  • The application has two options at this point: Quit and Force Quit.

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