How to force the closure of an application
With this tutorial, learn how to use the “Force Quit” command to close blocked applications.
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In Windows, users are familiar with the shortcut CTRL + Alt + Delete to access the Task Manager and close programs that no longer respond.
On the Mac, things are different, it is possible to leave an application only after it has stopped working.
In this tutorial, we explain how to force you to leave active applications locked and restart your Mac.
Force close with the Dock and the Apple menu
When an application no longer responds, the cursor takes the form of -a continuously spinning rainbow wheel. In this case, you either wait for the program to run again, or you close it and open it again.
If you are impatient, locate the application icon in the Dock, and right-click on it. On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Exit option.
If nothing happens, then you will have to use the “Force Exit” option.
To access it, repeat the previous operation and when the menu is displayed, press the Alt key; the Exit option changes to Force Exit. The locked program will close instantly.
Otherwise, select a properly functioning application and click the Apple icon, then click Force Exit. From the list, choose the software you want to stop.
Forcing the closure with a keyboard shortcut
You can also access the force exit command through the keyboard of your Mac.
Two key combinations can be used.
The first is to press simultaneously the keys Cmd → alt → esc and then select the application that causes the problem. The message “no response” will appear next to it.
The second shortcut is Cmd → Alt → Maj → esc. The process is the same as described above.
Force closure with Activity Monitor
If your MacOS crashes often, then your best ally is the native Activity Monitoring utility. It will allow you to discover what is causing the malfunction.
From the Finder, go to Applications → Utilities → Activity Monitor. In the window that opens, all the applications running on the processor, memory and network are listed.
If you double-click on an application, a new window appears with information about the program.
If you decide to take a sample, a report of your activities will be generated for a short period of time. This report is quite technical and quite difficult to understand.
Therefore, it is preferable to select only the Exit option.
Your Mac is stuck
Sometimes applications can cause your Mac and its system to crash. When this happens, you have no choice but to press and hold the power button for a few seconds. Typically, your computer will go into sleep mode.
If you press any further, you will be prompted to reboot, suspend, cancel, or shut down your computer.
However, if it turns out that this malfunction is more serious, then these options may not appear.
In this case, press and hold the power button until your Mac shuts down completely and restarts. The disadvantage of this procedure is that any unsaved data will be lost.
If applications stop working often, consider cleaning your Mac and removing unnecessary programs and games.
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