Why can’t I close photos on Mac?

Answered by Michael Wilson

Why can’t I close photos on Mac?

Closing applications on a Mac is usually a straightforward process. However, there may be instances when you encounter difficulties in closing specific applications, such as Photos. This issue can be frustrating, but there are a few possible reasons and solutions to consider.

1. Application freeze or unresponsiveness:
Sometimes, the Photos app may freeze or become unresponsive, preventing you from closing it normally. This can occur due to various reasons, such as a temporary glitch or a lack of system resources. In such cases, you can try force quitting the app. To do this, simultaneously press the Option, Command, and Esc (Escape) keys on your keyboard. This will open the Force Quit Applications window, where you can select Photos and click on “Force Quit” to close the app forcefully.

2. Background processes or tasks:
Photos app may be running certain background processes or tasks that prevent it from closing immediately. This can happen when the app is syncing with your iCloud account, analyzing and organizing your photo library, or performing other tasks in the background. In such situations, it is advisable to wait for a while and allow the app to complete its processes before attempting to close it again.

3. Multiple windows or tabs open:
Another reason you might face difficulty in closing Photos on your Mac could be if you have multiple windows or tabs open within the app. In such cases, make sure to close all the open windows or tabs before attempting to close the app. You can do this by clicking on the red “x” button on each window or tab, or by using the keyboard shortcut Command + W to close individual windows.

4. System or software issues:
If you are unable to close Photos despite trying the above steps, there might be underlying system or software issues causing the problem. It is recommended to ensure that your Mac’s operating system is up to date by regularly installing software updates. Additionally, you can try restarting your Mac to resolve any temporary glitches or conflicts that may be affecting the app’s functionality.

5. External factors:
Sometimes, external factors can impact the performance of applications on your Mac. For example, if your Mac is low on memory or storage space, it may struggle to close apps smoothly. In such cases, freeing up disk space by deleting unnecessary files or transferring them to an external storage device can help improve system performance.

In my personal experience, I have encountered situations where the Photos app on my Mac became unresponsive and refused to close. I found that force quitting the app using the Option + Command + Esc keys resolved the issue most of the time. However, if the problem persisted, I would check for any ongoing background processes or tasks and wait for them to finish before attempting to close the app again.

Difficulties in closing the Photos app on your Mac can be attributed to various factors such as app freeze, background processes, multiple windows open, system or software issues, or external factors like low memory or storage space. By following the troubleshooting steps mentioned above, you should be able to resolve the issue and successfully close the Photos app on your Mac.