How to Force Quit Program on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where a program on your Mac becomes unresponsive and just refuses to close? It can be frustrating, but fear not! In this tutorial, we will show you how to force quit a program on your Mac using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Accessing the Force Quit Menu

When a program becomes unresponsive, the first thing you need to do is access the Force Quit menu. You can do this by pressing the Command + Option + Escape keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select Force Quit.

Step 2: Selecting the Unresponsive Program

Once you have accessed the Force Quit menu, a window will appear containing a list of all currently running programs on your Mac. Look for the program that has become unresponsive and select it by clicking on it.


If you are having trouble identifying the unresponsive program, look for any programs with a label next to their name that says (Not Responding).

Step 3: Confirming and Closing the Program

After selecting the unresponsive program, click on the Force Quit button located at the bottom right corner of the window. A confirmation dialog box will appear asking if you are sure you want to force quit the program. Click on Force Quit again to confirm.


If force quitting doesn’t work or if it is not available as an option for a particular program, you may need to consider restarting your Mac. This should only be done as a last resort, as it will close all open programs and may result in data loss if unsaved work is present.

Step 4: Verifying the Program is Closed

After force quitting the program, it is a good idea to verify that it has indeed closed. You can do this by checking the activity monitor.

To access the activity monitor, open Finder, go to Applications, then Utilities, and finally click on Activity Monitor. Look for the program in the list of processes and ensure that it is no longer running.


In this tutorial, we learned how to force quit a program on Mac using the Force Quit menu. Remember to always try force quitting a program before resorting to restarting your Mac. This simple trick can save you time and frustration when dealing with unresponsive programs.

Note: Force quitting a program should be used sparingly and only when necessary. It forcefully terminates the program without giving it a chance to save any unsaved work or perform necessary cleanup tasks. It is always advisable to try closing a program using normal methods first before resorting to force quitting.

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