How to Force Close an App on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever encountered a situation where an application on your Mac becomes unresponsive and refuses to close? It can be frustrating to deal with, but luckily, there are several methods you can use to force close an app on your Mac. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to resolve this issue and regain control over your system.

Method 1: Using the Menu Bar

If an application is not responding, you can try closing it using the menu bar. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu icon located at the top left corner of your screen.

  2. Select “Force Quit [App Name]”.

  3. A dialog box will appear displaying a list of currently running applications.

  4. Click on the unresponsive app you wish to force quit.

  5. Finally, click on the “Force Quit” button.

This method is simple and effective for most situations. However, if it fails to resolve the issue, you may need to explore alternative methods.

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If using the menu bar doesn’t work or if you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Option + Escape simultaneously. This will open the “Force Quit Applications” window.

  2. Select the unresponsive app from the list.

  3. Click on the “Force Quit” button.

This keyboard shortcut provides a quick way to force quit an app without having to navigate through menus. It can be especially handy when dealing with a frozen application.

Method 3: Using Activity Monitor

If the above methods fail, you can try force quitting an app using the Activity Monitor. The Activity Monitor provides an overview of all running processes on your Mac, and it allows you to force quit specific applications. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Activity Monitor by searching for it in Spotlight or accessing it through “Applications” > “Utilities” > “Activity Monitor”.

  2. In the Activity Monitor window, locate the unresponsive app.

  3. Select the app and click on the “X” icon located in the toolbar.

  4. A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to quit the app. Click on “Force Quit”.

This method gives you more control over your system processes and can often help resolve issues with unresponsive applications.


Force closing an app on your Mac is a useful skill that can come in handy when dealing with unresponsive software. In this tutorial, we explored three different methods to force quit applications: using the menu bar, keyboard shortcuts, and the Activity Monitor. Remember to use these methods responsibly and only force quit apps when absolutely necessary.

By now, you should be equipped with the knowledge to tackle unresponsive apps on your Mac effectively. If one method doesn’t work, try another until you regain control over your system. Happy computing!

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