How To Force Quit All Applications On Mac

As a Mac user, have you ever experienced a frozen application that simply wouldn't close? Trust me, I know the frustration that comes with it. You're stuck, unable to do anything else, and it's causing you to lose precious time. Fortunately, there's a way to resolve the issue with a few simple steps - force quitting. In this article, we'll go through how to force quit on Mac and get you back on track.

Why Force Quitting is Necessary

Before we dive in, let's discuss why force quitting is necessary. In some cases, an application may become unresponsive or stuck due to a technical issue. It could be due to a bug, a conflict with another application, or a lack of memory. In any case, force quitting is the only way to stop the application from functioning and regain control of your computer. While force quitting should be used sparingly, it can be a lifesaver in certain situations.

The Five Ways to Force Quit on Mac

Now that we understand why force quitting is necessary, let's explore the five ways to force quit on Mac. Each method is unique, so feel free to try them all to see which one works best for you.

Method One: The Keyboard Shortcut

The first and easiest method is to use the keyboard shortcut. Simply press Command + Option + Esc keys simultaneously to open the Force Quit Applications window. This window will show you all the applications that are open on your Mac, and you can choose the one that needs to be force quit.

Mac Force Quit Keyboard Shortcut

You can also choose the application by clicking on it, and then click the "Force Quit" button in the bottom right corner. If one application isn't responding, you can force quit multiple applications at once by holding down the Command key as you select each one.

Method Two: The Dock

If the application is still visible on your dock, you can also force quit it from there. Right-click (or Control-click) on the application's icon while holding down the Option key, and then select "Force Quit" from the menu. Alternatively, you can also Option-click and hold on the application icon in your dock until the menu appears, then select "Force Quit".

Mac Dock Force Quit

Method Three: Activity Monitor

If the application isn't visible on your dock or through the keyboard shortcuts, you can open the Activity Monitor application. Activity Monitor shows all the open applications and processes on your Mac and allows you to quit any unresponsive ones. You can find Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder within your Applications folder, or by searching for it with Spotlight.

Mac Activity Monitor

Once open, select the application that needs to be force quit, then click on the "X" button in the top left corner and select "Force Quit".

Method Four: Terminal

If you're comfortable with using Terminal, you can force quit an application that way. Open Terminal and type the command "top". This will display a list of all the running tasks on your Mac. Find the task number associated with the application that needs to be killed, and type the command "kill ". This will immediately stop the application.

Mac Terminal

Method Five: Force Quit with Activity Monitor through Terminal

The final method is another variation of using Activity Monitor. Open Activity Monitor, select the application that needs to be force quit, then click on the "X" button in the top left corner and select "Force Quit". Then, open Terminal and type the command "killall -9 ". This will forcefully kill the application.


When it comes down to it, force quitting an application on Mac is a simple process that anyone can do. Whether you use the keyboard shortcut, dock, Activity Monitor, Terminal, or a combination of these methods, force quitting can help you regain control of your Mac and save you valuable time. Just remember, force quitting should be used as a last resort measure when an application becomes unresponsive or stuck.

I hope these five methods for how to force quit on Mac have been helpful. If you have any other tips or tricks for resolving stubborn applications, feel free to share them in the comments below. Here's to a smoother, more productive Mac experience.

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