Macs ship with hardware and software thatâ€™s tailored for each other, but you can still run into the occasionalÂ hiccup where a program or app stops responding. Apple, though, created a foolproof collection of methods thatâ€™ll get you out of a jam.
If you have a program or app that decides to freeze up, the computer isnâ€™t finished. It should only be viewed as a serious problem if thereâ€™s constant unresponsiveness from the items you have installed. Just force quit the program or app, and you should be back to business as usual.
Here are the three ways you can force quit a program or app on a Mac that stops responding.
Force Quit Method #1: Menu Bar
In the top left corner on macOS, the Apple logo sits cozily. But itâ€™s not there for branding-related purposes alone. The icon also acts as a tab for some functions. Click it, and youâ€™ll see â€˜Force Quitâ€™ labeled in the middle of the list. Now you can see a list of programs or apps that are opened at the moment.
Find the program or app that youâ€™d like to kill, and then hit the dedicated â€˜Force Quitâ€™ button at the bottom. It should immediately close. After this, you can reopen the program or app again.
Force Quit Method #2: Command + Option + Escape
By holding Command + Option + Escape on the keyboard together, youâ€™ll launch the aforementioned â€˜Force Quitâ€™ menu. The list of opened programs or apps will pop up again. Like before, choose what youâ€™d like to close and hit the shaded button. If anything, this method acts as a faster way to force quit programs or apps compared to the previous method.
Force Quit Method #3: Dock
The dock on Appleâ€™s computers shows whatâ€™s pinned and active. To force quit from there, right click on an app or programâ€™s icon in the dock to get its quick menu.
Hold the OptionÂ button on your keyboard and youâ€™ll see â€˜Quitâ€™ has turned into â€˜Force Quitâ€™ on the list. Yet again, youâ€™re in control and can kill the unresponsive app or program. Be sure to hold the Option button because the regular â€˜Quitâ€™ only gets the job does if there arenâ€™t any performance issues behind the scenes.
Keep in mind, too, that unresponsive programs or apps depend on multiple factors. Your computer might be old and need replacing, but also the third-party software could have a debilitating bug.
Check to ensure all software is updated and bug-free before jumping to any conclusions about your Mac failing you on the hardware side.