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How to force the exit or closing of an application in the Mac OS computer easy and fast? Step by step guide

How to force the exit or closing of an application in the Mac OS computer easy and fast? Step by step guide

The MacOS operating system does not offer the «Ctrl + Alt + Delete» command with which we can force the closure of those apps that were frozen. However , it gives us many more alternatives, just as easy and effective as Windows , however, many users of Mac computers do not know 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 next in each step you have to perform to execute an app closure perfectly.

When can I and when not, force the closure of an application in a MacOS computer?

While it is true that the fame of Mac computers are very good in terms of application clogging, it can happen 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 its closure quietly 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, supporting some other main apps or to have a permanent update with your server, so that when we conjure them, let’s have time to wait.

This kind of app is not recommended to execute its closure in a mandatory way since they can prevent the proper functioning of others.

There are also system applications that are not recommended that we 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 problems or fears.

Steps to force the closure of any app or program that hangs on MacOS

Pasos para forzar el cierre de cualquier app o programa que se cuelgue en MacOS

If an application does not respond and we cannot close it as we normally do, we can force its closure.

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

  • We go to accounMenu where
  • We select the fifth option that 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 key combination, that is, through a command.

These are the steps:

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

When all applications were frozen, and we can’t choose the commands to force, we can have our Mac computer restart.

To perform this task we will follow the following steps:

  • We choose “Menu”
  • Select eachAppend
  • If this does not respond we will have to press the power key on the Mac

Another alternative of forcing a closure is through the «Activity Monitor» tool.

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

  • We go to the search system that has our Mac on the desktop, called “Spotlight” , which can be found in the upper right of our screen
  • We write «Activity Monitor»
  • We select the first app that appears to us
  • We choose the option we want to close by clicking on it
  • Select «Exit the process»

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

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

  • We go to assertMenú•
  • We select the option annuallyApplications
  • We choose the option «Utilities» and we click on it
  • Press importantTerminal for
  • We type the command “Top” will help us to verify all the applications that are in use
  • We click on permittedBack here
  • Under the column “COMMAND” we look for the application that we want to close
  • We copy the number of the first column, called accountedPID where
  • Press the key « Q », to return to the command line
  • We type « kill »
  • We choose «Exit Terminal»
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