How to Close App on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Closing an app on a Mac is a simple task that can be done in various ways. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or the mouse, this article will guide you through the process step by step.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts
If you’re someone who loves using keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow, here’s how you can close an app on your Mac:

1. Press Command + Q: This is the most common and quickest way to quit an application. Pressing Command + Q will instantly close the active app.

2. Command + Option + Esc: If an application becomes unresponsive or freezes, you can use this shortcut to force quit it. It will open the “Force Quit Applications” window, where you can select the problematic app and click “Force Quit.”

Using the Mouse
For those who prefer using the mouse or trackpad, there are a few ways to close apps on a Mac:

1. Click on the App Menu: In most applications, you’ll find the app-specific menu at the top left of your screen (next to the Apple menu). Click on it and then select “Quit [App Name]” from the dropdown menu. Right-click on the Dock Icon: If you have an application’s icon in your Dock (the row of icons at the bottom of your screen), simply right-click on it and choose “Quit” from the context menu.

3. Use Mission Control: Swipe up with three fingers on your trackpad or double-tap with two fingers on your Magic Mouse to invoke Mission Control. Locate the window of the app you want to close and swipe it up or click on its thumbnail and press “X” in the upper-left corner.

    Other Methods

Apart from these commonly used methods, there are a few other ways to close applications on your Mac:

1. Use the Apple Menu: Clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen will open a dropdown menu. From there, select “Quit [App Name]” to close the active app. Use the Activity Monitor: If you’re experiencing issues with an application and it’s not responding to any of the previous methods, you can launch the Activity Monitor by searching for it in Spotlight (Command + Space) or finding it in the Utilities folder within your Applications. Once open, locate the application in question, select it, and click on the “X” button on the toolbar to force quit.

In Conclusion

Closing an app on a Mac can be done using various methods, whether through keyboard shortcuts or mouse actions. By utilizing the techniques mentioned above, you’ll be able to close applications quickly and efficiently. Remember that force quitting should only be used as a last resort when an app becomes unresponsive or freezes.

Now that you’re familiar with these different methods, you can choose the one that best suits your workflow and preferences. So go ahead and start closing those apps like a pro!

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