MAC OS X – Keyboard Shortcut – How to Force Quit an Application in Mac OS

Step #1: Press Command – Option – Escape simultaneously. If you need more explanation on how to find these keys read on:

  1. Command is the button with the curly clover pattern on it. In pre 2008 apple keyboards it also had an apple icon on it. It is in the bottom left of your keyboard.
  2. Alt/Option key is located at the bottom left of your keyboard.
  3. Escape (Esc) is located at the top left hand corner of your keyboard.

Step #2: Select the application you want to force quit from the “Force Quit Applications” window that pops up. If the program has crashed, it will typically say “not responding” next to it in this menu.

Step #3: Click the button that says “Force Quit”.

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2 thoughts on “MAC OS X – Keyboard Shortcut – How to Force Quit an Application in Mac OS

  1. I don’t know anything about UNIX, but one thing I was taught is that you never have to reboot. If it freezes, rlogin from another machine and kill -9 to solve all problems. Is it possible to do something like this on a standalone Mac? Any way to get a live terminal? Forced login as a different user? A background script to launch terminal on keyboard shortcut? Anything.

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