How to Force Close Program on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to force close a program on Mac. Sometimes, a program may become unresponsive or freeze, and in such cases, force closing it can help resolve the issue. Let’s explore the different methods to force close a program on Mac.

Using the Force Quit Option

The easiest way to force close a program on Mac is by using the built-in “Force Quit” option. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Press Command + Option + Esc simultaneously on your keyboard. This will open the “Force Quit Applications” window.
  2. Step 2: In the “Force Quit Applications” window, you will see a list of currently running programs. Select the program you want to force close.
  3. Step 3: Click on the “Force Quit” button located at the bottom right corner of the window.

Note: Before force quitting a program, make sure to save any unsaved work as it may result in data loss.

Using Activity Monitor

If the above method didn’t work or if you prefer an alternative approach, you can use the Activity Monitor utility to force close a program. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open “Activity Monitor” by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
  2. Step 2: In Activity Monitor, you will see a list of all running processes and applications. Locate and select the program you want to force close.
  3. Step 3: Click on the “X” button located in the toolbar at the top left corner of the Activity Monitor window.
  4. Step 4: A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to force quit the selected program. Click on the “Force Quit” button.

Note: Exercise caution while using Activity Monitor, as force quitting essential system processes may lead to instability or unexpected behavior. Only force close programs that are unresponsive or causing issues.

Using Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal commands, you can also force close a program using the command line. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open “Terminal” by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Step 2: In Terminal, type top -o cpu and press Enter. This will display a list of running processes with their respective process IDs (PIDs).
  3. Step 3: Locate the PID of the program you want to force close.
  4. Step 4: Type kill PID, replacing “PID” with the actual process ID of the program, and press Enter. This will forcefully terminate the program.

Note: Exercise caution while using Terminal commands, as entering incorrect commands may have unintended consequences. Double-check before executing any command.

Congratulations! Now you know how to force close a program on Mac using different methods.

Remember to use these methods responsibly and only when necessary. Force closing should be used as a last resort when other troubleshooting options have failed.

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