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How to Force Quit a Frozen Mac App


Hello, Guys welcome back Learn How to Force Quit a Frozen Mac App. Macs aren’t perfect, and at some point during your time with them, you’ll encounter a circumstance on macOS when an app has become unresponsive, denying you access to its contents and capabilities and leaving you with only a constantly revolving beachball to distract you.

How to Force Quit a Frozen Mac App

If the beachball remains on the screen for more than a few minutes and you are unable to interact with the app’s interface, it is likely that the app has crashed, in which case you should force quit it and restart the app to see if you can pick up where you left off in the hope that it will not crash again. Continue reading to find out how.

How to Force Quit An App – Method 1

If the app is acting up, hold down the Option key and right-click its icon in the Dock to reveal a Force Quit action in the popup menu.

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How to Force Quit an App – Method 2

There’s a second option for quitting an unresponsive app, and it may be one of the more intuitive solutions.

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the menu bar.
  2. Select the “Force Quit” option.force quit mac 1
  3. Click the app that you want to quit. Unresponsive apps will have a “Not Responding” designation next to them.
  4. After selecting the offending app, click on Force Quit to shut it down.force quit mac 2

Alternatively, you can open the Force Quit applications interface by pressing Command + Option + Escape all at once.

How to Force Quit An App – Method 3

You can also force quit misbehaving Mac apps using Activity Monitor. You can find it in the /Applications/Utilities folder.


The main window lists all the apps and processes currently running on your Mac. You’ll notice the order jumps around a lot. That’s because you’re seeing the list being updated every five seconds to show changes in individual app usage statistics.

  1. Select the app or process to be terminated from the Process Name list. To make it easier to discover the culprit, click Process Name in the column header to sort them alphabetically, or utilise the Search field in the top-right corner of the window. It is worth noting that an unresponsive process is labelled with (Not Responding).
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  2. Make sure the app or process is highlighted, then click the Quit (X) button in the top-left corner of the Activity Monitor window.
  3. Select Quit (this is the same as choosing File -> Quit within an app) or Force Quit, which quits the process immediately.
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It should be noted that if the app or process has files open, force quitting it may result in data loss. Keep in mind that if the process you forcibly quit is used by other programmes or processes, those apps or processes may encounter problems.

If your work in the crashed app was not recently saved, either manually or automatically, there isn’t much you can do to recover it other than check Time Machine.


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