Mac How to Force Quit

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user and have encountered a frozen or unresponsive application? Don’t worry, there’s a simple solution – force quitting!

Force quitting allows you to close an application that is not responding without having to restart your computer. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to force quit applications on your Mac using different methods.

Method 1: Using the Apple Menu

If you prefer a quick and easy way to force quit an application, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select ‘Force Quit’ from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + Escape.
  3. A window will appear, displaying all currently running applications.
  4. Select the application that is not responding.
  5. Click on the ‘Force Quit’ button at the bottom right corner of the window.
  6. The selected application will be forcefully closed, allowing you to continue working without any interruptions.

Method 2: Using Activity Monitor

If you prefer a more advanced method with additional options and information about running processes, Activity Monitor is your go-to tool. Here’s how to force quit using Activity Monitor:

  1. Open Activity Monitor by going to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor or by using Spotlight search (Command + Space) and typing ‘Activity Monitor’.
  2. In Activity Monitor, you will see a list of all running processes.
  3. Locate the unresponsive application you want to force quit.
  4. Select the application by clicking on it.
  5. Click on the ‘X’ button in the toolbar at the top-left corner of the Activity Monitor window.
  6. A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to force quit the selected application. Click on ‘Force Quit’ to proceed.
  7. The application will be forcefully closed, and you can resume your work without any issues.

Method 3: Using Terminal

If you prefer a command-line approach, Terminal provides a powerful tool for force quitting applications. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal or by using Spotlight search (Command + Space) and typing ‘Terminal’.
  2. Type ‘top -o cpu’ in the Terminal window and press Enter. This will display a list of all running processes sorted by CPU usage, with the most resource-intensive process at the top.
  3. Note down the Process ID (PID) of the unresponsive application you wish to force quit.

    The PID is usually located in the leftmost column of the list.

  4. Type ‘kill PID’ in Terminal, replacing ‘PID’ with the actual Process ID of the application. For example, if your PID is 1234, you would type ‘kill 1234’ and press Enter.
  5. Note: If the process does not terminate after using ‘kill PID’, you can use ‘kill -9 PID’ instead. This will forcefully terminate the process.

By following these methods, you can easily force quit unresponsive applications on your Mac. Whether you prefer a simple menu-based approach or a more advanced method using Activity Monitor or Terminal, you have the necessary tools at your disposal. Remember, force quitting should be used as a last resort when an application is not responding, and it’s always recommended to save your work before force quitting.

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