How To Force Quit Applications on Mac

macOS apps are usually very responsive, but depending on the app and how many you have open, it can start to lag. If a macOS app gets stuck and doesn’t close normally, you can use Force Quit to close it. You can then reopen the app if you want to continue using it. This guide shows you how to force quit applications on a Mac running Monterey 12.3.1.

Force quit apps from the Dock

  1. In the dock at the bottom of your screen, right-click the app you want to force quit, then press and hold the Options key on your keyboard.
    macOS app in Dock
    Choose the app you want to force quit from the Dock.
  2. Click on Force Quit in the options menu to force quit the app.

    Force Quit option in macOS app's options menu
    Click on the Force Quit option to force quit the app.

Force quit apps from the menu bar

  1. Open the app you want to Force Quit.

    macOS app in Dock
    Open the troublesome app.
  2. With the app open, navigate to the Apple logo in the top menu bar.

    Apple logo in macOS menu bar
    Navigate to the Apple logo in the menu bar.
  3. Click on the Apple logo, then select the Force Quit (app name) to force quit the app.

    Select the Force Quit option to force quit the app.

Force quit apps using the Force Quit Applications window

  1. Press the Command + Option + ESC keys on your keyboard to open the Force Quit Applications window.

    Force Quit Applications window
    Press the Command + Options + ESC keys to open the macOS Force Quit Applications window.
  2. Click on the app you want to force quit and select the Force Quit button.

    Force Quit button in macOS's Force Quit Applications window
    Select the app and click the Force Quit button.
  3. Confirm that you want to force quit the application by clicking Force Quit in the dialogue box.

    Confirmation dialogue box in the macOS Force Quit Applications window
    Press the Force Quit button to confirm.

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