Mar 23

6 Methods to Force Quitting Mac Apps

It’s so frustrating when applications of your Mac OS X starts the infamously terrible spinning and seems to die! What should you do in this case? There are two choices for you to deal with it. One is to wait for the respond of apps. The other is to force quitting them. Here are 6 methods to force quitting Mac apps using the keyboard shortcuts or sequences. Hope these methods can help you save much time!

1. Force quitting the active Mac App through the keyboard

Press on Command + Option + Shift + Escape for a while until the App has been forced closing. It is the fastest way to force quitting the foreground application in Mac, so it is better for you to remember this keyboard shortcut.

2. Tune out the “Force Quit Applications” window

Click Command + Option + Esc to select an App that you want to quit from the pop up “Command + Option + Esc” window, the App will quit immediately.

3. Force quitting App from Dock

Hold down Option and click the Right Click on an App in the Dock, there will pop up the option “Force Quit”, just click the icon and the App would be closed without any confirmation.

4. Force quitting Apps from Apple Menu

Hold the “Shift” key and hit Apple Menu, find out “Force Quit” (App Name). This method is also easy to remember. However, it is not the best way, since the Apple Menu will not be available when Apps are unresponsive.

5. Force quitting Apps by using Activity Monitor

Callout the Spotlight by pressing Command + Space, after that, input the Activity Monitor. Now you need to choose the process name or ID you want to exit, and click the red “Quit Process”. This method will work in most status.

6. Force to quit by Terminal & kill Command

If all the methods above fail to quit apps, there is another way: using the Terminal & kill Command. Launch the Terminal and input the following Commands:

killall [processname]

For example, “Killall Safari” will “kill” all the Safari processes. In addition, if you know the process ID, you can also kill the apps through prcess ID.

Well, the kill commands will work in all occasions and there will be some side effects, such as it will not honoring Versions, Auto-Save and Windwos Restore, as a result, it will cause some data loss.

P.S. – How to force quit apps on iOS

There is another way to force quitting apps on iOS except long press “Home” key. That is: holding down Power button, when the slide to power options pop up, simply hold the Home key until the app has been closed.