How to Force Quit Safari on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever encountered a situation where Safari on your Mac becomes unresponsive or frozen? It can be frustrating, especially when you have important work or browsing sessions open.

In such cases, force quitting Safari can be a handy solution to get things back on track. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to force quit Safari on your Mac.

Method 1: Using the Menu Bar

If Safari is still responsive to some extent, you can try using the Menu Bar to force quit it:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Step 2: From the drop-down menu, select “Force Quit.”
  3. Step 3: A new window will appear displaying all the currently running applications.
  4. Step 4: Locate and select “Safari” from the list.
  5. Step 5: Click on the “Force Quit” button at the bottom-right corner of the window.

If Safari is completely unresponsive and doesn’t allow access to menus, you can use an alternative method to force quit it. Follow along!

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

In situations where Safari becomes completely unresponsive, keyboard shortcuts come in handy. Here’s how you can force quit Safari using keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Option + Command + Escape: Press and hold these three keys simultaneously.
    • This will bring up a Force Quit Applications window.
    • If any other applications are open and unresponsive, you can select Safari from the list.
    • Click on the “Force Quit” button to close Safari forcefully.

Force quitting Safari should resolve any unresponsiveness or freezing issues you may encounter while using the browser. However, it’s important to note that force quitting an application may result in losing unsaved data or closing any open tabs or windows. Therefore, it’s always advisable to save your work before force quitting.

Additional Tips:

If you regularly experience issues with Safari freezing or becoming unresponsive, here are some additional tips to improve its performance:

  • Clear Cache and Cookies: Open Safari, click on “Safari” in the menu bar, select “Preferences,” go to the “Privacy” tab, and click on “Manage Website Data.” Remove all website data or selectively delete data for specific websites.
  • Disable Extensions: Some extensions can cause conflicts or slow down Safari. Disable unnecessary extensions by going to “Safari” > “Preferences” > “Extensions,” and turn off any unwanted extensions.
  • Update Safari: Keeping your browser up to date ensures that you have the latest bug fixes and performance improvements. Check for updates by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and selecting “System Preferences,” then choose “Software Update.

  • Restart Your Mac: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve temporary glitches that cause Safari to freeze. Click on the Apple logo in the menu bar and select “Restart. “

By following these steps and implementing these tips, you should be able to force quit Safari effectively and troubleshoot any performance issues you may encounter while using the browser. Remember to save your work regularly and keep your Mac updated for a smooth browsing experience.

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