How to force an app to quit on your Mac

If an app stops responding and you can't quit the app normally, use these steps to force the app to quit.

Force an app to quit

To quit a Mac app normally, choose Quit from the app's menu in the menu bar. Or press Command-Q. If the app doesn't quit, follow these steps to force the app to quit.

  1. Take either of these actions:
    • Press these three keys together: Option, Command, and Esc (Escape).
      This is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC.
    • Or choose Force Quit from the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen.
  2. A Force Quit window opens. Select the app that you want to quit, then click Force Quit.

You can even force the Finder to quit, if it stops responding: Select Finder in the Force Quit window, then click Relaunch.

If you can't force the app to quit

Restart your Mac: Choose Apple menu  > Restart.

If you can't restart because your Mac is not responding, force your Mac to turn off:

  1. Press and hold the power button on your Mac for up to 10 seconds, until your Mac turns off.
    Every Mac has a power button. On notebook computers that have Touch ID, press and hold Touch ID.
  2. Turn your Mac back on.
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