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How to Force Quit or Control Alt Delete on Mac

Is your Mac not functioning properly? And you are looking for a method to Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Mac? Here is your guide to Force Quit on Mac.


When you are working on a project on your Mac, there are many applications to work on simultaneously. But some times, the cursor goes missing, there is a ball rolling, or the screen goes greyish white. It is a sign of application not responding, and the quickest fix is to Force Quit the app on your Mac.

It can be very annoying when you are working a file, and the entire application stops functioning. It can lead to you losing your data, which is why it is recommended to keep saving the data you are working on.

In such a situation, if you are from Windows background, you think of the last resort – Control + Alt + Delete, which helps you recover your computer from the frozen state, which is not the case with Mac.

On Mac, we do not have any key called Delete key. Well, we do have one, but it functions for backspace and not to delete anything.

In this case, you are required to Force Quit the application on Mac and restart it all over again to allow it to function as needed. But how do you force quit on Mac? Let us take a look at how to force quit as well as what are the different ways to force quit.

What is Force Quit on Mac?

As the word is pretty self-explanatory, it means to quit an application of your Mac forcefully. That’s all. There is nothing more to it, after which you can restart the app for a fresh start.

How to Force Quit on Mac?

As I informed you earlier, there are many ways to Force Quit on Mac. Let us see which all:

  • Force Quit via Dock
  • Force Quit using Keyboard
  • Force Quit using Apple Menu
  • Force Quit using the Activity Monitor

Force Quit via Dock

The very primary method for Force Quit on Mac is from the dock. To Force Quit on Mac from the dock you need to:

  1. Take the mouse cursor on the application icon in the dock
  2. Right-click on the application icon
  3. Tap on Force Quit

In case, the right-click does not show you Force Quit option, press and hold Option / Alt key and right-click. It will allow you to Force Quit the frozen application.

Force Quit using Keyboard

The second way to Force Quit on Mac is using the keyboard shortcut. On Mac, there is always a keyboard shortcut to perform a task. What this method does is that it’ll show you a pop-up to Force Quit the application.

It works even when the Mac is still, or the application window is all greyish.

All you need to do is, hold Command + Option + Escape key and you will get a Force Quit Application pop-up. Choose the application not functioning correctly from here and tap on Force Quit.

It will forcefully quit the malfunctioning application and allow you to continue your work smoothly.

Force Quit using Apple Menu

If you are not aware of the Apple Menu, it is nothing but the Menu bar at the top of your Home Screen or Desktop. The top strip that shows you time, connections, date, etc., at the left side shows a Menu bar.

In that menu, you will also find an Apple logo, tap on the Apple logo, and you will get an option called Force Quit. Tap on it to open the Force Quit Application windows. Again, from here you can select the application not functioning correctly and force quit it.

If the application is not frozen entirely, the system will be standard with-in seconds. But there can be instances when the app can cause the entire system to freeze. Then, it can take a few minutes to get normal.

Force Quit using the Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor keeps track of every application and task that is running on your Mac. It can be your place to visit whenever something goes wrong if appropriately analyzed, there is a lot of information available in Activity Monitor.

To launch Activity Monitor, you can press Command + Space bar and type Activity Monitor and hit the return key, or you can go to Applications > Utility > Activity Monitor. When it loads up, you can see different tabs – CPU, Memory, and Network.

These are the three tabs showing you the active applications and tasks on your Mac. Now, you need to look for the app that is not functioning and double tap on it. When you double-tap, a new window pops-out showing more details about the application. But the more important thing is, it also gives you an option to Quit the app.

So, you can hit the Quit option to force quit the application and restart to again work on it.

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Punit Khatrihttps://ideviceguide.com
Founder and Editor-in-Chief. Punit is an Apple fan boy who loves to cover all news related to Apple and it's latest devices. Constantly trying to help the general public by sharing content that makes it simple and easy for them to understand the latest technology and the updates around.



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