How To Force Quit On Mac When App Hangs

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At times, applications on your MacBook might hang making them completely unresponsive. This keeps you from using or even closing the app or software. For situations like these, macOS allows you to Force Quit Applications on MacBook. It is something similar to the keyboard shortcut – Ctrl + Alt + Del used in Windows to force stop software. If you want to know the shortcut keys to force quit on Mac then go through this tutorial.

There are 2 ways to bring up Force Quit Applications window. We have mentioned both of them here. So, let us get on with it.

Force Quit On Mac

Method 1: Shortcut Keys

1. If an app or apps freezes on your Mac simply press the following key combination.

command + option + esc

2. This will open Force Quit Applications window. On this window, select the frozen app. It is also possible to force quit multiple apps at once. To select multiple apps, press shift or command key while clicking on the apps in the Force Quit window.

Force Quit on Mac Keyboard shortcut

3. After making the app(s) selection, click on Force Quit.

This will close the app(s) instantly. You can launch the app again and hopefully, it will work fine.

Method 2: Apple Icon

Another way to call Force Quit Applications is from the Apple icon at the top left of the screen. Click on it and select Force Quit.

Force Quit applications on Mac

After this, the process is same as method 1 – steps 2 & 3.

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The next time when an app becomes unresponsive you know how to get rid of it on your MacBook. If you feel that the guide is helpful then don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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Hemant Mendiratta
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