November 18th, 2021

How to force quit on a Mac

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How to force quit apps on a Mac

Whether you're using your Mac® for work or play, everything stops when an app freezes. But there's an easy fix for that—force quitting your Mac—and there are several ways to do it.

Here at Asurion, when tech breaks, we fix it—whether your computer is frozen or your laptop battery won't charge. We'll walk you through how to force quit an app on your Mac and quickly get you back up and running so you can get back to what's important.

Why do apps freeze on your computer or laptop?

Applications may freeze or crash for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Too many apps running at the same time.
  • Not enough storage space.
  • The app is corrupted.

One solution: Try quitting the app normally. Go to its icon in the menu bar, and select Quit.

No luck? Force quitting often solves the problem. Remember, if you're working in an app such as Microsoft Word®, be sure to save your work first.

Force quit using the Apple menu

Force quitting an application on Mac from the Apple menu only takes a few steps.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner.
  2. Select Force Quit.
  3. Select the frozen app in the Force Quit Applications menu, click Force Quit, then click Force Quit again in the pop-up dialog box.

Force quit using a Mac shortcut

When an app locks up on your Mac, you can also try to force quit by using a keyboard shortcut.

  1. Press Option + Command Esc.
  2. Select the frozen app in the Force Quit Applications menu, click Force Quit, then click Force Quit again in the pop-up dialog box.

Close an application from Activity Monitor

If you need to pinpoint which app is frozen or you'd like to see the computing resources a particular app is using—and then force quit—you can use a tool called Activity Monitor.

To access the feature, you can press Command + Space to activate Spotlight Search and type “activity monitor" or go to Finder Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. Here's how to use it to force quit an app.

  1. Select the app you want to force quit.
  2. Click the Stop icon (an octagon with an “X" in the middle) at the top of the Activity Monitor window, then click Force Quit in the dialog box.

Still need help?

If you've tried these troubleshooting steps and your Mac still isn't working properly, it may be time for expert help.

Stop by the nearest uBreakiFix by Asurion for a free diagnosis and faster repairs than anyone else.

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