When a program freezes or becomes unresponsive on Windows, you can always close it using the task manager. But how will you proceed on a Mac? In this page you will learn how to force quit an unresponsive application on Mac OS X.
Method 1: The force quit option
Press Command + Alt + Escape keys simultaneously
The Force Quit Applications menu will open.
Select the unresponsive app and click on "Force quit".
Method 2: Using the terminal
You can use the kill command to terminate any process related to the unresponsive app.
First you will need get the Process identifier (PID) of the unresponsive app.
Open a terminal and type the following command: "
The list of the most recent tasks on the system will be displayed.
Look for the PID of the unresponsive program (first column), a 4 digit number and type the following command:
Where xxxx represent the PID.
Method 3 - Via the Apple menu
Click the "Apple" menu > Force Quit.
Method 4 - Close an application using Dock
Hold down Alt (Option) key and then right-click (or Ctrl + click) on the program's icon.