Among the many qualities of the Mac, the system’s solidity and fluid performance are among the most recognized by users. However, like any electronic device, even macOS has performance instabilities. Applications may become unresponsive for some time, causing system slowdowns and crashes, giving no option but to close them abruptly.
Force quit apps on Mac is equivalent to the infamous keyboard shortcut “Control + Alt + Delete”, of Windows; just choose the application causing problems, which you cannot traditionally close, and have it close. Remember that you lose all data and information from the app that ended abruptly, so always resort to the method as a last resort.
As with Microsoft’s system, it’s quite easy to access the feature to force quit apps on Mac. Follow our step-by-step below.
“Ctrl Alt Del” on Mac | Force Close apps
Step 1: on Mac, go to the menu bar (at the top of the screen) and click on the Apple logo. Then select “Force Quit.” You can also use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ Command + ⌥ Option + ⎋ Esc.
Step 2: click on the app that is not responding, then select “Force Quit”.
Note that you can also restart the Finder using this method if it is experiencing instability.
Forcing apps to Close immediately
If you want to quit an app without entering the “Force Quit” window, click on the unstable app and use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ Command + ⌥ Option + ⇧ Shift + ⎋ Esc.