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How to force quit on Mac?

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If you are a Mac user, you might have experienced your computer freezing or sometimes some applications might not respond. You would have to wait for the application to respond again, but you would not be able to know how much time it will take. The easiest thing you can do if you have a frozen application is to force quit the frozen application. By force quitting will effectively shut down and close the frozen application. You need to note that when you force quit an application, your work might not get saved and you might lose the document or whatever you were working on. 

How to force quit on Mac from the Apple Menu? 

Let us see how to force quit on Mac from the Apple Menu step by step: 

Step 1: If you have multiple applications open, identify the frozen or unresponsive application. If the cursor is normal the application is responsive and not frozen but if the cursor is a rainbow spinning wheel then that application is the unresponsive one. 

Step 2: Now that you have identified the unresponsive application, click on the Apple logo located on the taskbar on top of the screen on the left. This will open a drop-down menu. 

Step 3: In the drop-down menu click on the Force Quit option. 

Step 4: You’ll see a pop-up window on the screen with all the open applications, select the unresponsive application and click on the Force Quit option. 

Step 5: Now another pop-up window will appear informing you that any unsaved changes won’t be saved.

Step 6: If you want to continue, click on the Force Quit option. 

The unresponsive application will be closed after this step. 

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How to force quit on Mac with a keyboard shortcut? 

Sometimes when there is an unresponsive application or window, your cursor might also act differently or if you are having some problem accessing the Apple icon in the taskbar you can use a keyboard shortcut you can use to force quit on Mac.

Click the Option key,  Command key, and the Esc key simultaneously to force quit. ( Option+ Command+ Esc). This shortcut will force quit the application.

Let us see how to do so step by step: 

Step 1: Press the Option key, Command key, and the Esc key and hold them. 

Step 2: You’ll see a Force Quit Application pop-up window on the screen. 

Step 3: You’ll see a pop-up window on the screen with all the open applications, select the unresponsive application and click on the Force Quit option. 

Step 4: Now another pop-up window will appear informing you that any unsaved changes won’t be saved.

Step 5: If you want to continue, click on the Force Quit option. 

How to force quit on Mac using Activity Monitor?

You can also use the Activity Monitor as an alternative to forcing quit an application on Mac. You just need to see how much CPU power they use and force the application to quit. Let us see how to force quit on Mac using Activity Monitor step by step: 

Step 1: First you need to launch the Activity Monitor, you can launch it with a keyboard shortcut ( Command key + Space bar) or you can go to the Finder, then select Application, and under that click on the Activity Monitor option.

Step 2: Now that the Activity Monitor is open, find the application you want to force quit and select it. 

Step 3: After selecting the application, Select the stop icon which is an X in an octagon. 

Step 4: Now a pop-up window will appear and ask you if you want to force quit the process or force quit the application or cancel. 

Step 5: Click on the Force Quit option and the application will get closed. 

How to force quit on Mac with Activity Monitor using a keyboard shortcut? 

You can use keyboard shortcuts on Mac to force quit an application with the Activity Monitor. This keyboard shortcut is very similar to the one in Windows which is Ctrl + Alt + Del. Let us see how to quit force on Mac with Activity Monitor using the keyboard shortcut step by step: 

Step 1: Press the Command key and the Spacebar

Step 2: Now you will see the Activity Monitor on the screen.

Step 3: Now that the Activity Monitor is open, find the application you want to force quit and select it. 

Step 4: After selecting the application, Select the stop icon which is an X in an octagon. 

Step 5: Now a pop-up window will appear and ask you if you want to force quit the process or force quit the application or cancel. 

Step 6: Click on the Force Quit option and the application will get closed. 

What to do when For Quit does not work? 

If there are multiple applications open on your Mac and all or most of them are not responding and you are unable to force quit them, you can force your Mac to restart. To restart your Mac you can easily use a keyboard shortcut, press the Control key, Command key, and the Power button and hold. You can also just shut down your Mac by pressing the power button and holding it. 

Why are your applications freezing? 

If you are having an issue with your Mac and your applications have frozen multiple times, there might be a few reasons why. The most probable reason for this issue Is that you do not have enough space on your Mac. Now, the easiest way out of this problem is to increase the RAM. If you have an iMac or an older generation MacBook Pro, you can buy memory and upgrade your computer. But if you own the new generation MacBook you can either buy a new computer or you can clean up the space in your computer by deleting all the unnecessary files, folders, pictures, and other applications.

Conclusion 

In the above article, we discussed how to force quit on Mac with Apple Menu, keyboard shortcuts, Activity Monitor, Activity Monitor using keyboard shortcuts, what to do when force quit isn’t working and reasons why your applications are freezing. 

 

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