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How to: Four ways to Force Quit an app

27 April 2012 2,184 views No Comment

If you have been using the Mac for awhile, then you know at least one way to kill a misbehaving and/or unresponsive app. The method most folks know is ⌥ + ⌘ + Esc (Command + Option + Escape) and then (wait, wait for it) choose the unresponsive application (appears in red) in the Force Quit window, and click/tap Force Quit.

There is a one step version of this Force Quit method and all you have to do is add a key to the sequence: ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + Esc (Option + Shift + Command + Escape), hold it for three seconds and the app should quit.

Alternately, you may be able to Option-right-click the application’s icon in the Dock and choose Force Quit from the contextual menu.

There is a fourth method that requires a few more steps. In the Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor, select the misbehaving app (appears in red) from the Activity Monitor window and click/tap Quit Process.

via Apple’s Mac OS X: How to quit an unresponsive application using Force Quit

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