How to Force Close a Mac

By Jason Artman

A program on your Mac may occasionally stop responding if its CPU usage becomes too high or it encounters an incompatibility with another program. When this happens, your computer may become slow and unresponsive. If you have waited for the application to resume working properly and have not seen a positive result, your Mac has multiple methods that you can use to force close it.

Step 1

Press the "Command," "Option" and "Esc" keys simultaneously. Alternatively, click the Apple icon on the Finder menu at the top of the screen and select "Force Quit." a new window titled "Force Quit Applications" appears. Click the name of the application that you want to force close, and then click the "Force Quit" button. Click "Force Quit" again on the pop-up window to confirm and close the application.

Step 2

Right-click the Dock icon for a running application. A pop-up menu appears. Hold the "Option" key. The "Quit" option on the menu changes to "Force Quit." Click "Force Quit." The application closes immediately.

Step 3

Click the "Go" menu on the Finder and select "Utilities." Double-click the "Activity Monitor" icon. Click the name of the application that you want to force close, and then click the "Quit Process" button in the upper-left corner of the window. Click the "Force Quit" button to confirm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Force closing an application on your Mac may cause you to lose unsaved data. Save any open files if possible before closing the application.