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.
Force an app to quit
Press these three keys together: Option (or Alt), Command, Esc (Escape).1 Or choose Force Quit from the Apple menu in the corner of your screen.
A Force Quit window opens. Select the app that you want to quit, then click Force Quit:
The Finder is always open, but if it stops responding, you can force it to quit and then open again: Select Finder in the Force Quit window, then click Relaunch.
If you can't force the app to quit
If you can't force the app to quit, try restarting your Mac: Choose Apple menu > Restart.
If your Mac won't restart, force your Mac to turn off:
- Press and hold the power button on your Mac for up to 10 seconds, until your Mac turns off.2
- Turn your Mac back on.
1. Even computers that have a Touch Bar have an Esc key. It's on the left side of the Touch Bar.
2. Every Mac has a power button. On Mac laptop computers, the power button is in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. If the laptop keyboard has Touch ID, that key is also the power button.