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5 Easy Shortcuts to Force Quit Mac Application


5 Easy Shortcuts to Force Quit Mac Application

force quit applicationsDoes your Mac OS faces issues with application hanging in due course of time with respect to slowness of processor, low RAM etc. Are you looking for a way to force quite mac applications? This article will explain you 5 different force quite mac shortcuts to resume your work without restarting your Mac device.

Most often we come across users who are complaining about freezing nature of apps in discrete operating systems. It should be any platform, hanging of applications is quite frustrating, and whatever is the reason. But there’s an exception when it comes to Mac Operating system as they are well known for their stable nature of working. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about apps hanging in Mac OS X. Yes, Mac OS is known for its stable nature, but that too faces problems occasionally and there are some easy shortcuts available to force quite mac applications.

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Most often with Mac, an application which hangs while working can be terminated without disturbing other running applications. Spinning balls are never a good sign to see if you are in the midst of an important work.

Here we make an attempt to discuss on the standard shortcuts of quitting apps forcefully in Mac OS X. But be warned that the following steps could lead to unexpected system behavior if not followed properly or if you are novice user with Mac OS X environment. Use them only if it is absolutely necessary, to avoid delays. Here are 5 ways to force quit applications on MAC OS X.

#1 Using OS X Dock

This is the most widely used shortcut for force quitting applications in Mac OS X. Follow below steps to force quit app from Dock.

1. All you have to do is simple right click on the application from the Dock.

quit mac app dock2. Hold option key from keyboard and you will see “Quit” word will replace with “Force Quit”. Just click on it.

force quit app mac dockBe very sure that no prompts for saving existing or any other similar alerts appear as it can make you lose all unsaved data. Once you force quit, you can easily restart the app to continue your work. This one is very handy and easy way to quote your hanging app but it may happen that the popup may not appear and you may have to try another shortcut explained below.

#2 Force quit using Window

Every OS X version comes with a special option for handling applications to force quit – The force quit window. Either we can use the shortcut key Command-Option-Escape or Click on the apple logo or select Force quit window. Once opened, Click on the application name and click on Force Quit option.

force quit windowYou can use this alternative force quite shortcut if the other will not work. If you find that the given method is also not working, check the 3rd will explained below.

#3 Activity Monitor

Many of us are aware of the Task Manager in popular OS Windows. It’s just easy way of finding all running applications. Similar to that Mac OS X comes with ‘Activity Monitor’. This utility of Mac OS X splits applications based on different categories on CPU usage, Process IDs and User Id on which the App has been started etc. Users can sort the application based on the categorization. Follow below steps to complete this procedure.

1. Navigate to Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor.

activity monitor

2. Select the Energy tab from Activity Manager where you can see all your active apps.

active manager energy

3. Either you can search for the app or select from the given list. Once you select the App, click on the X icon to force quit the app.

quit appThis will require few steps to follow and need to be practice precisely.

#4 Using Terminal to Force Quit App

Using the activity monitor find the process id of the app. Once found, open the terminal window Key in Kill <process id> to force quit the app. Follow below procedure.

1. Find Process ID of the app from Activity Monitor which you want to force quit.

activity monitor pid

2. Once you got the process ID then open terminal from your MAC and enter below command.

Kill -9 PID

Here is screenshot of that procedure

terminal quit appThis method is normally used by advance level users on Mac OS X. Also as a user you would need to have an elevated privilege to execute such system level commands. Use this method only if you are aware about different terminal commands or under experience user’s observation.

#5 Using Keyboard Shortcut

Select Press Command + Option + Shift + Esc keys simultaneously. A new window will pop up. Select the application from the window (which is the Doc window) and choose Force Quit. Of all the methods discussed, force quitting apps via keyboard shortcuts is considered to be most unsafe method that could result in unexpected data loss.

mac shortcut keysMost apps freezing scenarios are related to old hardware, decrease in memory. Usually 95% of app crashes are followed by error windows. The newly added system updates. Browser plugins are also good contributors for app crashes. There could be occasions that one single apps frozen nature could possible hang the entire system. In that case only a power reboot is the only option. So make sure your work is saved all the time to prevent unexpected loss of data.

Nowadays Mac OS X comes with many frequent updates to bring more stability to the operating environments. If you think you Mac OS x is hanging frequently, rather than using force quite shortcuts all the time, I would recommend upgrading RAM will solve the problem.

Nitin is an iOS application developer with over 4.5 years of experience in developing native application for iPhone, iPad and iMac devices. He loves writing about Apple products and shares his views on different aspect of it.

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