If an app on your Mac stop responding or frozen and you can’t quit the app normally, use Force Quit to close the app. There’s more than one way to force quit an unresponsive app in MacOS operating system. There are some apps running in the background and automatically launch, when you start your Mac. A frozen app becomes unresponsive and brings your work to a halt. In the worst case scenario, it can lead to lost work or a corrupted file. To quit a Mac app normally, choose Quit from the app’s menu in the menu bar, or press Command (⌘)-Q. If the app doesn’t quit, follow these steps to force the app to quit. This step by step tutorial help you, how to force quit on a Mac.
Force Quit Mac Shortcut Keys
The shortcut keys to force quit an app on Mac, press Option, Command, and Esc keys simultaneously.
This is similar to pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete on Windows PC.
You can also choose Force Quit from the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen.
Select the app in the Force Quit window that is unresponsive or frozen, then click Force Quit.
Force Quit An App On Mac Using Dock
When you right click on a running app in the Mac Dock, you will see an option to “Quit”. But this may not work with a frozen or unresponsive app.
To Force Quit an app, hold the Option key on your keyboard while you right click on the app’s Dock icon and you will see that “Quit” is now “Force Quit“.
Click it to Force Quit the app and the problem is solved.
Force Quit On Mac Using Activity Monitor
Open the Activity Monitor by clicking on the Spotlight icon and type “Activity Monitor” in the text box, select the application from the list.
Find the frozen or unresponsive app from the Task Manager screen, select it and click the button that resembles a stop sign in the top left corner to quit the app.
Use Terminal To Force Quit An App
Open a new Terminal window and type the following command
top -o cpu
The list shows all running applications and processes, ordered by current CPU usage.
Note down the frozen or unresponsive app’s Process ID (PID) and press Q to quit top or open a new Terminal session, and type the following command to Force Quit the app.
For example, if the Process ID (PID) is 1596, type “kill 1596” in the terminal and press Return to execute the command.