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How to force quit in macOS

When apps don't want to quit

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When an app stops responding, and you can’t shut it down normally, you can use ‘Force Quit’ to get the job done. You do so by using the Apple menu or keyboard shortcut keys. 

Force Quit on Mac

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1. Using the Apple menu

To use 'Force Quit' using the Apple menu, click on the Apple icon at the top left of the screen on the menu bar. Select 'Force Quit'. From the list of open apps on the 'Force Quit Applications' box, choose the app to force quit. Then click the 'Force Quit' button. 

2. Using keyboard shortcuts

To use keyboard shortcuts to bring up the 'Force Quit Applications' box, press the 'Option' + 'Command' + 'Esc' keys at the same time. From the list of open apps on the 'Force Quit Applications' box, choose the app to force quit. Then click the 'Force Quit' button.

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Restarting Finder

If various apps on your Mac are stuck, the best move might be to restart Finder. To do so, use either of the solutions above, then click 'Finder' from the list of apps. Choose 'Relaunch' to restart Finder.