Simple Solutions To Force Quit on Mac

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When you’re surfing on your browser of choice, or completing extensive edits in Final Cut Pro software, just in the next minute, your Mac suddenly locks up, leaving you held hostage. From time to time, apps always experience issues, causing them to get crashed or work unpredictably. As a result, your Mac system will get slow to a crawl. In these cases, simply closing the application is not enough. That method may also fix the issues.

Therefore, in this post, we’ll show how you can force quit your Mac applications when you need. These below methods will restore your system and apps to working order.

Force Quit Quick Methods: Hot Keys or Control + Click

The simplest method to force quit a Mac app that is having the problem is to use the command + Q key combination. Pressing them simultaneously starts the force quit process. The application will be closed as expected.

When an app is opened, you will see its respective icon in the Dock. You can now hold down the control key and then click using the trackpad (external mouse). Doing so on its icon will then open a shortcuts menu. MacOS can smartly recognize when an application is misbehaving and then display a “force quit” menu. Simply choose this option to close the app.

When your system runs slowly, these commands need several seconds to work.

Open Activity Monitor

Using your keyboard to force quit apps is not always responsive. When problems are more serious, you need the help of Activity Monitor, an Apple’s inbuilt task manager. It’s one of the most reliable methods that will help you quickly force quit applications on your Mac

You can find Activity Monitor by opening Finder and then looking through the Applications folder. However, it is easier to access from Launchpad:

Step 1: Click on Launchpad icon in Dock

After clicking on it, you will be taken to a page full of your Apple and third-party applications.

Step 2: Click on Activity Monitor icon to open it

The Activity Monitor icon is a heart rate monitor. It’s similar to Task Manager on Windows PC.

Step 3: Find the trouble application

When the Activity Monitor is open, you can now force quit your application. All processes and apps running on your Mac will be displayed in Activity Monitor. You can also view how much memory each process eating your memory by clicking on the “Memory” tab.

If you find which app is causing problems, simply click on it and hit “X” button in the upper left. You then force quit your application by choosing “Force Quit” in the popup.


Use Terminal

It might be an advanced option for most Mac users. Terminal allows you to give commands directly to macOS system.

Step 1: Open Terminal with Launchpad or Applications folder

You can open Terminal in the same way as other apps like Activity Monitor. By heading to Finder and searching for Terminal within the Applications folder. After that, you will see a new command window:

Step 2: Locate the app to force quit

Next, you have to find the app that causing problems within Terminal. Each application has its own ID number, so to force quit the app, you have to find its ID number first. There are two commands to do this:

  • From your Terminal Windows, enter the command:  ps –ax. It will then show up a list of every running app and process on your Mac with its own ID number, which you need to locate. Find the correct number and then use its ID to force quit the app. Type the command: kill ID and replace ID with the ID number of the app you want to quit.
  • If you know the name of the app to force quit, enter the command: ps -ax | grep application name. It will then bring up the ID number for that app. Continue to enter kill ID like above method to force quit the app.



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