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It doesn’t happen as often as it might on Windows, but from time to time you’ll find that even applications on Mac can freeze, hang, or otherwise cause problems that prevent you from properly closing them down.

On Windows, you’d launch the Task Manager 10 Windows Task Manager Tricks You Didn't Know 10 Windows Task Manager Tricks You Didn't Know If the only time you open the Task Manager is when an application is frozen and needs to be killed, you're overlooking some of its more powerful features. Read More to kill unresponsive processes. On Mac, you’d instead rely on a different but similar utility: the Force Quit prompt.

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All you have to do is press Command + Option + Esc and the prompt opens. Here you’ll see all currently active applications on your system regardless of whether or not they’re stuck, frozen, or whatever.

Simply select the application you want to close and click Force Quit. Boom! It’s gone.

We don’t recommend that you do this often because force-quitting doesn’t allow applications to properly save or clean up data before shutting everything down, so you may lose unsaved documents and stuff like that The Best Data Recovery Software for Mac to Find Lost Data & Files The Best Data Recovery Software for Mac to Find Lost Data & Files Did your SSD happen to die? Digital camera SD card corrupted itself? Don't despair — here's what you can do to recover your files on your own. Read More .

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But when an application just won’t respond, it’s a good last resort. You could also use the Activity Monitor Activity Monitor: The Mac Equivalent of Ctrl+Alt+Delete Activity Monitor: The Mac Equivalent of Ctrl+Alt+Delete If you want to be a fairly proficient Mac user, it is necessary to know what Activity Monitor is, and how to read and use it. As usual, that's where we come in. Read More as well.

How do you deal with frozen or stuck applications on Mac? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Howard Blair
    August 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    But...but...Macs **just work**!!! LOL.

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