Mac OS X - How to force quit an application
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.
- Simply select "Force Quit ...".
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