7 Ways to Force Quit Apps on Macs

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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7 Responses

  1. C. Howitt Fielz says:

    I surely never knew about the SHIFT KEY and Apple Menu method. Thanks. Kodi 17.0 seems to hang upon quitting on El Capitan. I’ll try this method until Kodi is updated.

  2. Paul Robinson says:

    Thanks! Never knew about the Apple meme or keystroke quit tips!

    I’ve only used the option dock one or the DefCon 4 one of rebooting.

    I’ve bookmarked your column on my iPad ( because the Mac could be frozen!) and have already committed the Shift-Apple menu trick to memory!

  3. KiraK says:

    I also did not know about the Shift / Apple Menu trick. This is a perfect illustration how the UI is slowly devolving. The point of a GUI is that functionality is discoverable. And, quite frankly, I forget to test each menu in each application by holding down a modifier key for a menu selection. I expect the commands to be readily discoverable. My bad.

  4. Jeff Mincey says:

    Does a “kill -9 ps-ID” work from the Terminal? It’s been so long since I have gone down that road, I’m not sure whether this would work on the latest versions of OS X, but if anyone can shed light on this, please do. It’s always good to have multiple tools in the toolbox as each is optimized for a specific need.

  5. Mike O'Brien says:

    Very handy, thanks!

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