How to Force Quit on an IMac

Unresponsive applications and system freezes are an inevitable part of computing. Unfortunately, there are only a few options to remedy these situations: you can wait for the unresponsive program to respond, or you can perform a "Force Quit." With the Mac OS, forcing a quit ends the application that's frozen so you can restart the program, or reboot your computer. You can complete a "Force Quit" from the menu bar of your iMac.

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Click on the small Apple icon in the top left corner of the menu bar. Select "Force Quit" from the list of drop-down options. The Force Quit Applications dialog opens with a list of programs currently running.

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Select the program you want to quit, then click the "Force Quit" button at the bottom of the window.

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Press and hold the "Command" and "Option" keys on your keyboard, then press the "Esc" key, if the frozen program prevents Step 1 from working. Choose an application from the list that appears, as in Step 2, and click "Force Quit."