How to Force Quit on A Mac With The Keyboard

Sometimes apps or websites decide to freeze while people are using their Mac

To exit out of the app, users need to use force quit.

If the mouse is unresponsive, how do you force quit on a Mac by using the keyboard?

How to Force Quit on A Mac Using The Keyboard

To force quit on a Mac keyboard, press option, command, and escape (Esc) at the same time. The app should close soon after. If force quit doesn’t work immediately, wait a few minutes, then try again. If force quit doesn’t work after a few minutes, shut down the Mac using the power button.

It is always frustrating when an app stops responding. Luckily you can use force quit to restart the program.

Keep reading to find out why sometimes force quit is necessary.

If an app or your internet browser becomes unresponsive, it needs to be closed. 

However, when the X button doesn’t work, you need to use Force Quit.

If the cursor stops responding, it might seem like all hope is lost. 

Luckily, you can force quit applications on your Mac with a keyboard shortcut.

How to Use Force Quit on Mac Keyboard

  1. Hold Option, Command, and Escape (Esc) keys down at the same time
  2. A Force Quit window will appear
  3. In the Force Quit window, click on the app(s) that you want to close
  4. Click on Force Quit button

The apps that you selected should close after you click Force Quit. 

If your cursor isn’t working or appears as a colorful spinning ball, press Enter when the Force Quit button is highlighted in blue. 

If it doesn’t work after a few minutes, try again or shut down your Mac.

What to Do if Mac Doesn’t Force Quit

If you have tried using Force Quit to exit out of unresponding apps or web browsers, your Mac needs to be rebooted. 

You can shut down your Mac by using the power button. Hold the power button down until the screen goes dark. 

After a few minutes, turn your Mac back on and wait for it to boot up.

You can also shut down your Mac by holding down the Control, Option, Command, and Power keys at the same time. 

You can also hold the Control, Command, and Power keys down until the screen goes dark.

Forcing your Mac to restart closes all apps and browsers that you were using at the time of the shutdown. 

You will have to reopen them, but when you reopen them they should work again. 

If you were using a web browser when you shut down your Mac, you can recover the tabs you were using by going into the history and re-opening them.

However, if you were working on a document that doesn’t automatically save, shutting down your Mac will cause you to lose all work that you have done since you last saved it. 

Luckily, you can save documents through a Mac keyboard shortcut.

All you need to do to save documents on your Mac is press the Command and S keys at the same time. You don’t need to hold them down.

You can also go into the File tab of the document and press Save. However, if the app isn’t responding, that method won’t work. 

The keyboard shortcut will.

Don’t shut down your Mac if it is going through a software update. 

Shutting down your Mac during a software update will cause the update to stop.

If your Mac is only partially updated, it won’t work well as its systems won’t be able to work together properly.

After you shut down your Mac, wait at least a few minutes before you try turning it back on again. Give it time to cool down and reset. 

Then, turn your Mac on again, wait for it to boot up completely, and reopen the apps or web browser previously open. 

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What Causes Apps on Mac to Freeze?

Everyone hates when the app or web browser they’re using suddenly stops working. 

The spinning beach ball that replaces your cursor seems to taunt you and say that you can’t do anything. 

But why do apps and browsers stop responding?

The following list is some of the reasons your Mac and its browsers may stop working from time to time.

  • Overwork
  • Mac is overheated
  • New update available
  • incompatible with software
  • Computer virus
  • Malware
  • Too many apps open at the same time
  • Slow browser
  • Too many tabs open
  • Hardware issue
  • Lack of storage

If your Mac is being used nearly constantly, apps you are using will freeze. 

If it becomes overworked, your Mac will struggle to function properly, which will cause the apps you are using to become unresponsive.

If you have been working long hours on your Mac and apps start to freeze, take a break and close your computer for a few hours.

When your Mac overheats, all systems are working overtime to try and cool the computer down.

This takes away from the systems that are supporting the apps you are using, so they will freeze.

You can also purchase a laptop tray. These trays often feature fans that help keep the computer cold. 

This will allow you to work longer hours on your computer.

If you haven’t updated your Mac or the app you are using in a while, and there are new updates available, take some time to update your Mac and the app being used. 

This will ensure that the version of the app you are using is supported.

Sometimes old versions of apps are incompatible with the new macOS software. 

If this is the case, you likely won’t even be able to open the app.

If malware or a computer virus has infected your Mac, apps will freeze.

Luckily, Mac systems are well protected against viruses and malware.

If you have too many apps or tabs open on your Mac, it becomes overworked, and the apps and browser will freeze.

If you have multiple tabs open and your browser is frozen or unresponsive, try to close a few tabs. 

This should resolve the issue.