How to Force Quit and Close apps on Mac: Know Commands & Shortcuts

Choosing the MacBook for professional work could be your best decision. Apple products have amazed all the users of the world. Be it an iPod or a MacBook, every product of theirs is fantastic. Macs have been very popular among working professionals who use them a lot in their work. People prefer to purchase the Mac instead of another company that produces laptops and computers because of Apple’s brand image. People have faith in them to provide a brilliant computer with prominent features on which people can rely. But this does not mean that it cannot have any problems. 

Sometimes, your Mac may be frozen, and you cannot do anything. This occurs mostly because of many applications running together in the background. There is an option to bring your Mac again to its senses for any issue like this where you cannot move anything on the screen. You will have to use the ‘Force Quit option. Here is the complete guide on how to use it in different ways. 

Are you a Mac user? Did you encounter the same situation where you have to go for Force Quit?

There are five methods to use the ‘Force Quit option, but the result of any method you use will be the same. Use the method which is more suitable for you.

Method 1 – Keyboard Shortcuts to Force Close

Raise your hand if you also face the dysfunctionality of the mouse along with your screen? Sounds weird? But, yes, whether you have a normal device or Macbook, the companionship of a frozen mouse and screen is normal for working professionals.

Sometimes, along with an application, your mouse cannot also function. In this case, you can use the keyboard shortcuts to bring up the force quit menu. Just press and hold ‘Command + Option + Escape’, and the force quit menu appears. Click on the application which is non-functional and press the force quit button. If your mouse is still frozen, you can use the arrow keys to do the needful actions. 

Method 2 – Usage of Dock Menu to Force Quit

When an application becomes non-functional, the quit option at the top of the menu will not work. You will not be able to close the application from there. In this case, you can go to the dock menu and close the app from there. You have to go to the app’s icon in the Dock menu, right-click on it and select the options key. When you click on that, you will see an option of ‘Force Quit’. Select that, and the application will be closed. 

The sooner you click the option in the dock menu, the sooner you click on force quit. To continue your hassle-free work.

Method 3 – Usage of Finder Menu to Force Close Applications

Another way of closing an app is by the finder menu. The finder menu will be inside the apple icon, which is on the top-left corner of your screen. You will then find the force quit option. Just select the non-functional app and click on force quit. This method is applicable when you are not comfortable with the shortcuts on your keyword. 

Especially if you are new to the MacBook, searching for the finder menu may waste lots of time reading articles and following the steps.

Method 4 – Usage of Activity Monitor to Force Quit Process on Mac

Launch the activity monitor screen by clicking on the spotlight icon placed in the top-right corner and type ‘activity monitor’ in the text box which appears. You can even open the activity monitor from the finder menu. Open the application. Please scroll down and select the non-functional app, and double-click on it. You can notice the pop-up on your screen asking about the confirmation of the force quit process. Choose the quit button and then the force quit button to close the application.

Method 5 – Usage of Command Terminal 

This is a bit of a technical way to close the application. This method can be used mostly by tech people who only like to resolve things technically. You have to open the spotlight icon and search for ‘terminal’ inside it. Click on ‘terminal’ to open it. After accessing the terminal, you will have to write ‘top’ and click on ‘return’ which will show you the list of applications running in the background. Identify the non-functional application and copy its PID number. Close this terminal and open a new one, and type ‘kill’ along with the PID number of the application, which is non-functional. Click on the return key, then. 

How can you check if your application is unresponsive or not?

It is important to identify the exact application that is unresponsive. If you can figure out that your cursor resembles the rainbow spinning wheel on screen, then your application is not functioning. Sometimes, when your apps get stuck in between, track your cursor; if you can drag the cursor to the taskbar, then your application is still responsive.

If your screen is completely frozen, the force quit option will also not work to close the faulty applications. 

Looking for the best method to force quit on a Macbook?

Every Macbook holds too many applications that are useful to the user. But too many files and folders lead to the status of unresponsive apps, and the screens get stuck. Closing the screen doesn’t seem easy, right? That’s why we catered all the methods to provide you with ample knowledge to deal with such problems.

All the above methods will help you close the application, which is non-functional. Try and find out which method suits you the best. If you have any more queries, drop them in the comment box, and we will help you with more possible solutions. People who are experts in solving such issues can add their methods for closing the faulty application in mac

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