What do you do when an app refuses to freezes? First thing you have to try is force quitting an app.
How to Force Quit, option 1
- One way of doing that is doing a long press (or two-finger tap) on the app icon on the dock to make the contextual menu appear.
- Then you click force Quit or Force Quit.
How to Force Quit, option 2
Another is by on the application’s name in the menu bar on top right of the screen (to the right of the Apple logo ) and click Quit or Force Quit in the drop down menu.
But what if even force quitting doesn’t work?
What the Mail app, Safari, or iTunes won’t quit even if you try to use the Force Quit? What if an app’s blue light just won’t go out?
Here’s another catch. When force quitting won’t quit an application, you can’t even shut down your computer (Apple logo > Shut Down). And you get a message explaining why: The frozen app, Mail, Safari, or whatever, is stopping your computer from shutting down. Yes, you can’t even shut down your computer! Caramba!
What do you do? Find out how to force quit an app that won’t force quit to just flipping force quit, after the jump.
So is the only recourse a force shutdown? A long press on the power button? Or do you remove your battery? Right, if you are using a Macbook Air, removing the battery is not even an option. With a Mac Mini, iMac, or Mac Pro, do you pull the plug right out of the socket?
Not so fast. It turns out there’s an easier way.
How to Force Quit an App that Won’t Force Quit
- Use a keyboard shortcut: Command + Option + Escape
Alternatively, you can also do this:
- Click the Apple logo in the menu bar
- Select Force quit
A dialogue box will appear.
- In the dialogue box, Select the application you want to force quit
- And then click the Force Quit button
Whew, now that pesky frozen application can go gentle into that good night. At least until you launch it again.
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