Force Close Applications on MacOS  Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

The MacOS operating system does not offer the command “Ctrl + Alt + Del” with which we can force the closure of those apps that were frozen. But nevertheless, gives us many more alternatives, just as easy and effective as WindowsHowever, many Mac computer users are unaware of them.

We will show you in this post all the details that you have to take into account when using the different commands and alternatives to produce the forced closure of a program when we use our Mac.

We will also expose, which are those applications where it is not advisable to produce a forced closure. We will guide you below in each step you have to take to execute an app closure in a perfect way.

When can and when can I not force close an application on a MacOS computer?

While it is true that the fame of Mac computers are very good in terms of application clogging, it can happen to us in some situations where an application freezes and we cannot close it in the usual way.

For this we can force its closure through the methods that we will explain in more detail in the following paragraphs.

The problem is in which applications we can force their closure in a calm way and which not, so as not to have to generate internal conflicts in the operating system or perhaps the loss of the information we are working on.

There are applications that run in the background and serve or are used to improve our user experience, giving support to some other main apps or to have a permanent update with your server, so that when we conjure them we do not have time to wait.

This class of app is not recommended to execute its closure in a forced way since it can prevent the proper functioning of others.

There are also system applications that are not recommended for us to close them directly because we can cause a malfunction in the operating system and the hardware that control them.

According to what we have named in these previous paragraphs, the rest of the applications can be forced to close without any problem or fear.

Steps to force close any app or program that hangs on MacOS

Steps to force close any app or program that hangs on MacOS

If an application is not responding and we cannot close it as we normally do, we can force it to close.

Apple offers the possibility of doing it in two ways, they are:

  • We’re going to “Menu”
  • We select the fifth option which is “Force exit”
  • We choose the applications that are not responding
  • We click on “Force exit”

One option we have is to perform these tasks with the combination of keys, that is, through a command.

These are the steps:

  • For this we will write “Option + Command + Esc” and we directly choose the frozen application and then force the exit.

When all the applications are frozen, and we cannot choose the commands to force, we can make our Mac computer restart.

To perform this task we will follow the following steps:

  • We choose “Menu”
  • We select “To turn off”
  • If this does not respond we will have to press and hold the power key on the Mac

Another alternative to force a close is through the tool “Activity monitor”.

We will have to follow this guide to be able to use it correctly:

  • We go to the search system that our Mac has on the desktop, called “Spotlight”, which we can find in the upper right part of our screen
  • We wrote “Activity Monitor”
  • We select the first app that appears
  • We choose the option we want to close you by clicking on it
  • We select “Exit the process”

It also offers us the possibility to force a closure of a program through the use of the application “Terminal”.

If we want to use this tool we will follow the guide that we present:

  • We’re going to “Menu”
  • We select the option “Applications”
  • We choose the option “Utilities” and we click on it
  • We tighten “Terminal”
  • We write the command “Top” will help us verify all applications that are in use
  • We click on “Return”
  • Under the column “COMMAND” we look for the application we want to close
  • We copy the number from the first column, called “PID”
  • We press the key “Q”, to return to the command line
  • We wrote “kill
  • We choose “Exit Terminal”

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