How to Force Quit Mail on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever experienced a frozen Mail app on your Mac? It can be frustrating when the application becomes unresponsive and refuses to quit. In this tutorial, we will show you how to force quit Mail on your Mac using a few simple steps.

Force Quit Mail using the Apple Menu

If you are unable to close Mail using the usual methods, you can force quit it from the Apple menu. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select Force Quit from the dropdown menu.

  3. A window will appear, displaying all currently running applications.

  4. Locate and select Mail.

  5. Click on the Force Quit button.

This method is useful when you cannot access the application’s interface or if it is completely unresponsive.

Force Quit Mail using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the following keys simultaneously: Command + Option + Escape.

  2. A window will appear, similar to the Force Quit window mentioned earlier.

  3. Select Mail.


If you have multiple applications open and only want to force quit Mail, make sure you have selected the Mail application before clicking on the Force Quit button.

Relaunching Mail

After you have successfully force quit Mail, you can relaunch it by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.

  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on Go.

  3. Select Applications.

  4. In the Applications folder, locate and double-click on the Mail application icon.

You can also use the Spotlight search (Command + Space) to quickly find and launch Mail.

Force quitting Mail is a handy solution when you encounter issues with its performance or unresponsiveness. Remember to save any unsaved work before force quitting an application to avoid losing data.

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to force quit Mail on your Mac. Now you can easily resolve any issues that may arise with the Mail application!

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