The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Monday, April 16, 2007

Force quitting an application!

It is less likely than on a PC but it does happen even on a Mac that an application freezes. I used to click and hold on the application icon in the dock to select "Force Quit". It worked well but it really wasn't quick. The other way was to go to the Apple menu, choose "Force Quit..." and a dialog box would pop up with the list of currently running applications. The best is the locked up app would even show up as "Not responding". That was still pretty long and I don't know why but when an app is not responding, it takes a very long time until the Apple menu decides to come up. There is a handy keyboard shortcut that solves everything, however: "Command-Option-Esc". It will instantly bring up the same window than if you go through the Apple menu, but it will take much less time.


Blogger Unknown said...

Or you can just click on the app and press apple q.

April 15, 2007 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Rneuman said...

the only problem with just apple quit phillip is that sometimes it may freeze up so u might need to force quit

April 15, 2007 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

Yeah, "Command-Q" doesn't work if the app is not responding.


April 15, 2007 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger dpryan said...

The reason that the apple menu sometimes takes a while to come up when an application has frozen is that the cpu is already 100% utilized. The new process has to make its way through the queue before the menu will pop up. The keyboard shortcut probably just has a priority, which is why it's more efficient.

April 15, 2007 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Andy L said...

In addition, Cmd + Option + Shift + Esc will Force Quit the active application.

This can be verified by going to the Apple Menu and holding down Cmd + Option + Shift - you'll see the menu item for "Force Quit..." change to "Force Quit [Active Application]"

April 16, 2007 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great tip budd.. keep em coming..

April 16, 2007 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

Wow Andy Lopresto! That is awesome!


April 16, 2007 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

You can change the regular Quit option to Force Quit by right-clicking on the dock icon to get the app menu (this is how I do it on my two-button mouse) and then press the Option key while the menu is displayed. You will then see the option change. Releasing the key returns it to the normal Quit option.

April 16, 2007 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

whenever I use powerpoint the application freezes and I am forced to shutdown the computer. the force quiting box dosent even come up. any suggestions as to what I should do?

April 16, 2007 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger redrumwriter63 said...

I've been using that command since Classic XD. And I was only in elementary school when OS X came out.

April 16, 2007 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger FICKES said...

my mac is fun, but freezes and crashes are just as common on the mac as windows. And I'm not talking about MS apps on OSX. It must have something to do with the switch to Intel.

April 18, 2007 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The Cmd + Option + Esc Is also referred to as the three finger salute (By my local Mac store) which usually comes after the spinning ball of death. ( ;

April 20, 2007 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

When I want to quit an application which is not responding, I switch to another app that is running well and then I choose the Apple-Menu and Force Quit which is now displayed without delay!

April 22, 2007 at 4:35 PM  
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