What if force quit doesn t work on mac?

Answered by Willian Lymon

If force quitting an application using the regular methods on your Mac doesn’t work, there are a few other steps you can take to try and resolve the issue. Here are some troubleshooting steps you can follow:

1. Use Activity Monitor: Launch Activity Monitor, which can be found in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder. You can also search for it using Spotlight. Once open, you’ll see a list of running processes and applications. Locate the problematic app, select it, and click on the “X” button in the toolbar to force quit it.

2. Force Quit with Terminal: If Activity Monitor doesn’t resolve the issue, you can try force quitting the app using Terminal. Open Terminal from the Utilities folder or search for it using Spotlight. Once open, type the command “killall [application name]” without the quotes. Replace [application name] with the name of the app you want to force quit. For example, if Safari is unresponsive, you would type “killall Safari” and hit Enter. This command will forcefully terminate the app.

3. Use Force Quit Applications Window: If the above methods don’t work, you can access the Force Quit Applications window directly. Press Command + Option + Escape on your keyboard to bring up the window. It will display a list of running applications. Select the unresponsive app and click on the “Force Quit” button.

4. Restart Your Mac: If all else fails, restarting your Mac can often resolve the issue. Go to the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and choose Restart. This will close all running applications and start your Mac fresh.

5. Check for Updates: It’s also worth checking if the app you’re having trouble with has any available updates. Open the App Store and click on the Updates tab. If there are updates available for the problematic app, install them and see if it resolves the issue.

6. Troubleshoot Hardware or Software Issues: If the problem persists with multiple apps or if your Mac becomes unresponsive frequently, it could be a sign of a deeper hardware or software issue. In such cases, it may be helpful to contact Apple Support or visit an authorized service provider for further assistance.

Remember to save any unsaved work before attempting to force quit an application, as it can result in data loss. Additionally, force quitting an app should be used as a last resort, as it can potentially cause problems if an app is not properly closed.

I hope these steps help you in resolving the issue of force quitting apps on your Mac.