How to Force Close a Window on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

How to Force Close a Window on Mac

At times, you may encounter unresponsive applications or windows on your Mac that simply refuse to close. This can be frustrating, but fear not! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to force close a window on your Mac.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a simple keyboard shortcut combination to force close a window:

  1. Step 1: Click on the unresponsive window to make it active.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the Command, Option, and Escape keys simultaneously.
  3. Step 3: The “Force Quit Applications” window will appear, showing a list of all open applications.
  4. Step 4: Select the unresponsive application or window from the list.
  5. Step 5: Click on the “Force Quit” button. The selected application or window will be forced to close immediately.

Via the Apple Menu

If you prefer using the mouse and navigating through menus, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Step 2: Select “Force Quit” from the dropdown menu. A new window will appear with a list of all open applications.
  3. Step 3: Select the unresponsive application or window from the list.
  4. Step 4: Click on the “Force Quit” button.

Using Activity Monitor

If all else fails, you can resort to using the Activity Monitor utility:

  1. Step 1: Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock.
  2. Step 2: Go to “Applications” and then open the “Utilities” folder.
  3. Step 3: Double-click on “Activity Monitor” to launch it.
  4. Step 4: In the Activity Monitor window, locate the unresponsive application or window in the list of processes.
  5. Step 5: Select the process and click on the “X” button in the toolbar. Confirm your action by clicking on “Force Quit.”

Note

In some cases, force closing a window may result in unsaved data loss. It’s always a good practice to save your work frequently to avoid any potential data loss.

You now have multiple methods at your disposal to force close an unresponsive window on your Mac. Whether you prefer keyboard shortcuts, menu navigation, or using Activity Monitor, these techniques will help you regain control over your system when faced with unresponsive applications.

Please exercise caution when using force quit methods as it forcefully terminates processes and can lead to unexpected consequences if misused.

We hope this tutorial was helpful! Happy computing!

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