Mac is considered to be one of the most stable devices that we nowadays. That is why most of us love using Mac because of its great functionality. However, there are still some applications that are not. There are instances that you might experience a certain application to crash or freezes. And sometimes you might experience what we called the “spinning beach ball of death”. Other times, you will see that there is an application open when you look at your Dock but you cannot seem to find any window on your screen. No matter what is happening on your Application, you cannot do anything with it. That is why the best solution for this is to do a “force quit” on your Mac. In this article, we are going to show you how you can possibly do it in many ways. And just in case you may need to uninstall them and re-install, well, we also have the perfect tool that you can use to do so.

Part 1: Is Doing A Force Quit On Mac Safe?

Having to force a frozen or unresponsive application on your Mac to quit is just the same as getting rid of the symptoms when we get sick. This is for us to see the bigger picture and understand what is the cause as to why your Applications are freezing or not responding properly. And also, we would need something for us to fix it. Well, the main reason as to why you are having problems with your Applications such as getting it frozen or not responding is because you are having an insufficient RAM on your Mac. In other words, you are having a lack of memory on your computer for it to be able to operate a certain application. So once that your Mac utilizes all of its resources to run some tasks, it becomes unresponsive. Getting your Mac to force quit the application is actually one of the solutions that you can do. Once that you have closes a certain app in the traditional manner, then it is also the time that it actually cleans everything running in the background and will ask you to save your work. Once that you force close on your Mac, then there is a chance that you might end up losing some of your files and data or it can also mess things up on your hard drive. Though the effect can only occur on that certain application that you are force quitting on your Mac.

Tip: A tool should be mentioned here called iMyMac Mac Cleaner for helping your Mac purgeable space be cleaned up then you will have more memory on your Mac computer.

Force Quit Menu

Part 2: Different Ways to Force Quit on Mac

Now, there are actually a lot of ways on how you can force quit on your Mac. And here, we are going to show you some methods that you can do for you to get rid of the application that is frozen or being unresponsive.

Method #1: Force Quit on Mac Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Let us start off with one of the best and the easiest way for you to force quit on your Mac. This is by pressing the keys Command + Option + Escape. You can do this from anywhere for you to bring up the simple Force Quit Applications window on your Mac. And then after that, go ahead and click on the application’s name to choose it. After that, click on the “Force Quit” button. Then the application will end immediately. This is actually the simpler version for you to force quit an application and it is very easy to remember. So if you are going to force quit an app on your Mac, just remember the keystroke Command + Option + Escape.

Method #2: Force Quit on Mac Using Your Dock

In this method, all you have to do here is to press on the keys Option + Right Click on the application icon located in your Dock for you to be able to bring up the “Force Quit” option. Getting to choose this will then kill the application.

Force Quit Dock

Method #3: Force Quit on Mac Application Using the Apple Menu

Here, all you have to do is to hold on the Shift key and then click on the Apple menu for you to be able to look for Force Quit application. This method is considered to be one of the easiest ways for you to remember. However, it is not considered to be as one of the most powerful methods. This is because there will be times that you will experience that the application will become completely unresponsive and you will not be able to access the menu.

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Method #4: Force Quit Application on Mac Using Activity Monitor

The activity monitor is one of the most powerful methods that you can use for you to force quit an application, task, daemons, or any processes running on your Mac OS X. You will be able to find it under Applications > Utilities. Or you can also launch your Spotlight app with Command + Space and then key in “Activity Monitor” and then press the return key. Making use of the activity monitor is very easy. All you have to do is to choose the process name or the ID that you would wish to close. After that, click on the red “Quit Process” option.

Force Quit Button

Method #5: Force Quit on Mac Using Terminal and Kill Command

Once that all the mentioned above did not work for you, then using the command line will do the trick for force close any app or to quit it just by using the low-level kill command. All you need to do is to open your Terminal and then type in the following command. killall [process name] example is killall Safari if you would like to force quit on your Safari browser. So these are all the methods that you can do for you to force quit applications on your Mac. All you have to do is to choose which one will work for you.

Part 3: Preventing Application to Freeze or Being Unresponsive

Now, as what we have mentioned earlier, one of the main reason as to why you are experiencing some applications on your Mac to become frozen or unresponsive is because of an insufficient RAM. That is why the best thing that you can do is to free up some of your storage space for you to be able to have a stable usage of your Applications on your Mac. For you to free up space on your RAM, all you have to do is to remove all the junks that you no longer need. This way, you will be able to use your Applications normally again. And doing this is a long process if you are going to do it manually. That is why we have the perfect tool that you can use. And this is none other than using the iMyMac PowerMyMac tool. The iMyMac PowerMyMac is a tool that you can use for you to be able to clean up all the junks that you have. This includes all the files and data that you no longer need. This way, you will be able to free up some space on your Mac’s RAM and that you will be able to use your applications properly. Not only that but the iMyMac PowerMyMac is considered to be as an all-in-one Mac application there is today. Aside from the fact that it is an awesome Mac cleaner, but that is not the only thing the iMyMac PowerMyMac can do. You can also use it as an App uninstaller, to monitor the performance of your Mac, a secret keeper, file unarchive and a Wi-Fi sprite. The iMyMac PowerMyMac can help you in scanning your Mac. And as a Mac cleaner, it can help you in removing your system junks, photo junks, unwanted Email attachments, and your old iTunes backup. You can also remove your large and old files and all your duplicate files. For you to know how to use the iMyMac PowerMyMac to clean up your Mac to free up some space, here is a guide that you can follow.

Step 1: Download and Install

Have the FoneDog PowerMyMac downloaded from our official website. Once that you are done, go ahead and install it on your Mac.

Step 2: Launch the Program

Once that you have successfully installed the program on your Mac, go ahead and launch the program. Then on the main interface of the PowerMyMac, you will be able to see three options at the top of your screen. From there, go ahead and click on the “Status” option. This way, you will be able to see the system status of your Mac.

Powermymac Status

Step 3: Choose the Module

After checking the status of your Mac, go ahead and click on the “Cleaner” option beside it. Then you will be able to see a list of modules that the PowerMyMac Cleaner can do. From there, let’s go ahead and start by choosing the “System Junk” folder. NOTE: You can select any folder that you want under cleaner if you would want to have them cleaned up as well.

Powermymac Clean

Step 4: Scan Your System Junk

Once that you have chosen the folder, go ahead and click on the “Scan” button. The iMyMac PowerMymac will then start scanning your Mac for all of the system junk that you have. You will be able to see the progress of the scanning process on the left side of your screen.

Powermymac System Junk Scanning

Step 5: Check on the Result

Once that that scanning process is complete, go ahead and click on the “View” button. If you have to, then you go back and re-scan your system junk.

Step 6: Choose Files to Clean

Once that you have clicked on the “View” button, you will now be able to see all the items that the folder contains. From there, you can go ahead and choose the files that you would want to remove from your Mac.

Powermymac System Junk Application Cache

Step 7: Clean Your System Junk

Once that you have selected all the items that you want to remove from your Mac, go ahead and click on the “Clean” button. This way, you will be able to clean up your system junk on your Mac. All the files that you no longer need from that folder will be completely deleted from your Mac.

NOTE: At some time, there will be instances that you might be needing to enter your password for you to push through with the action.

Powermymac System Junk Sytem Log Deleteing

Step 8: Confirm The Cleaning Made

Once that the iMyMac PowerMyMac tool is done cleaning up your system junk, go ahead and click on the “Confirm” button. Then wait for the process to complete. So, there you have it. Your system junk is all clean. You can also do the same with the other folders for you to make sure that you are really freeing up a lot of space on your RAM.

Powermymac System Junk System Log Delete

Part 4: Conclusion

So there you have it. That is how you can force quit on your Mac. All you have to do from here is find which of the following method that we have shown you will best fit for your Mac. And also, you must always keep in mind that you need to clean up your Mac every now and then. This way, you will be able to prevent any applications from being frozen or completely unresponsive. So go ahead and use the iMyMac PowerMyMac and we assure you that your Mac will be as good as new.