Macspiration Basics: Force Quit


Have you ever had a Mac App stop responding? Usually this leads to the spinning “beach ball.” If this has happened to you, there is a quick and easy way to fix it. It is called “Force Quit.”

To “Force Quit” an app go to the Menu in the top left of your screen with the Apple logo. Click the Menu and choose “Force Quit.” This will present a window with all of the open applications on your Mac. Normally, if one is stuck or not responding you will see “Not responding” next to the name. Click this app’s name or any other one that you are having issues with and then click the “Force Quit” button. This should force the application to it, as the name implies.

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You can then reopen it and try again.

Bonus tip: Hold the “Shift” key while clicking the Apple menu and you will see the name of the app you are in after “Force Quit.” Instead of choosing from the list you can just do everything from one step.

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Instead of waiting for the “beach ball” to stop spinning the next an app goes crazy on your you can force it to quit.



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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children’s ebooks. Donny’s degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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