Mac Productivity

How to Never Accidentally Quit Apps on Mac Again

Dan Price 25-06-2018

As any serious Mac user should know, you can press Cmd + Q to quit an app that’s running. It’s one of the most useful Mac shortcuts The Most Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts to Know A printable cheat sheet containing the most useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you'll ever need. Read More and is used every day by millions of people.


But there’s a problem: We all make mistakes. Come on, admit it, you probably mis-type a letter every third word, especially if you’re typing quickly. I know I do. Okay, but what does that have to do with quitting apps?

Well, another heavily-used keyboard shortcut is Cmd + W. In case you’re not aware, in web browsers it will close the current tab you’re on, in word processors it will close the currently open document, and so on with many other kinds of apps.

Now look down at your keyboard. Where are Q and W? Yep, right next to each other (unless you’re using an alternative keyboard layout One Simple Change Can Boost Your Typing Speed by 50% Your keyboard could be slowing down your typing speed, so here's a simple change you can make to unlock your true typing speed. Read More ). We dread to think how many people lose work because they accidentally hit W instead of Q.

The Solution? Start Using SlowQuitApps

What’s the solution to this little conundrum? You could try using a free piece of software called SlowQuitApps.

As the name suggests, it prolongs the amount of time between you pressing the Cmd + Q shortcut and the app quitting. Once you set a length of time, the app closure only happens when you keep the key combination pressed down for that duration.


A little countdown timer pops up on the screen while you’re holding the keys. If you release the keys before the timer is finished, the app will not quit.

SlowQuitApps has a couple of settings you can tweak. In addition to the length of time, you can also whitelist apps so they will quit instantly. If you’d like to discover more cool software, check out our list of the best Mac apps you can find The Best Mac Apps to Install on Your MacBook or iMac Looking for the best apps for your MacBook or iMac? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for macOS. Read More .

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  1. Schalk
    June 27, 2018 at 8:31 am

    When I run the last step it says "Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Windows XP" and when I click details it says "Memory allocation failed" please help!!