Whether you see a spinning water polo of death on MacOS or iTunes (too) takes too long, sometimes you have to close an app on MacOS immediately. Luckily, you have options and there's more than one way to force an end to an unresponsive app in Apple's desktop operating system.
Please note that unlike the normal way to quit an app, there will be no prompts you to save your work or confirm your decision. As soon as you press Force Quit, it's too late for all that and MacOS will immediately shut down the app without prompting. Just a word of warning ̵
Let's get started. To force quitting on a Mac:
Method 1: Use the Finder.
First, we recommend the approach of Apple when the greeting of an app is exhausted.
Step 1: Click on the Apple Icon in the upper left corner of your screen and select Force End from the list.
Step 2: This should happen Call a Task Manager to view your open applications.
Step 3: Just select the one that is causing you problems, and click below to force Stop .
Method 2: Keyboard shortcuts
If that does not work, it's time for keyboard shortcuts.
Step 1 : Just press Ctrl + Alt + Del for Windows 10 Opt + Cmd + Esc on your keyboard (on some Mac keyboards, Opt is marked Alt ).
Step 2: As with other methods, this calls up a Task Manager.
Step 3: Simply select the application that is causing you problems and click Force End .
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Method 3: Press Option
If the annoying program continues to cause problems, you can manually select the app you want to close.
Step 1: Just right-click or while holding down the CTRL key on the app in your dock.
Step 2: Then hold down the key option with which to force the selection to finish in the list of options on Quit will be changed.
If this does not work, do not worry, you still have options. It's only time to get creative.
Method 4: Start Activity Monitor
Step 1: Open the Activity Monitor by clicking the Spotlight icon – the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the screen – and enter Activity Monitor in the text box. Then select the app from the list.
Step 2: In Task Manager, which displays all programs running on your computer, locate the app that is not behaving properly, select it, and click the button that has one Stop sign is similar in the upper left corner.
If this is still not enough it may be a good idea to save all open work and reboot the iMac or MacBook to probably solve the problem. But if you're still determined to end this app, it's time to choose the nuclear option.
Method 5: Use the Terminal Technically Oriented.
Step 1: Open the folder Applications navigate to Utilities and start Terminal.
Step 2: When you open the app, give it a second. Once the terminal lists your username and a tilde, type top in the box and hit the return key .
Step 3: The terminal lists all applications currently running on applications – including applications that are running in the background – as well as numerous diagnostic information about CPU and RAM usage. But what we are looking for is in the column "Command". There should be a list of all running applications. On the left is a number column named PID.
Step 4: If you see the app you want to close in the Command column, write down the PID (or just write it down). Then close your terminal window, open a new one and enter kill followed by the PID for that application. Now press the Return key . That should do it! Just close the terminal and take a deep breath. It's gone, right?