How to force quit an app on Mac

It happens that apps on Mac don’t always respond to user commands, so active processes still occupy the system memory. It is possible to force quit apps on a Mac and the fastest way to do that is to use a key shortcut Command + Option + Shift + Escape. But what do you do when force quit on Mac is not working? Let’s learn 5 alternative ways to close frozen programs on Mac.

1. Force Quit from Apple Menu

Before closing the frozen app wait for a minute. Perhaps the application is trying to process your last request. In this case, the mouse cursor becomes a rainbow ball.

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If that didn’t help, it’s time to use the command “Force Quit …” from the Menu Bar. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner or use Command+Option+Esc shortcut.

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2. Force Quit from Dock Panel

The second way is even easier: hold Alt (Option) key and make a right click on the icon in the Dock. From the context menu select “Force Quit.”

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3. Force Close via Activity Monitor

The default Apple program Activity Monitor System gives the information about the CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk and Network. It also allows you to “kill” any system process on Mac. Open Activity Monitor from Launchpad → go to CPU tab → select the “hovering” process from the list and click the “Force a Process to Quit” button in the top left top. Confirm the operation.

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4. Force close via Terminal

If all the above steps did not help, then you still have the ability to force shut down the application via the command line. Launch the Terminal and type the following command:

killall [application name]

Click Enter.

apple force quitNote: the killall command works at the system level and when you use it, the auto-save option doesn’t work. Be careful not to lose important unsaved data.

5. Force quit still not responding – Use Memory Cleaner X

In the case that none of the above methods was successful, then it’s time to force quit with Memory Cleaner X. Actually, it’s an app to clean inactive RAM; however, it has a feature to force close apps.
You can download Memory Cleaner from the App Store. Use the app any time you need to clean the memory or force quit apps. Just make a right click on the app icon and select the needed command.

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