The way to Drive Stop an App on Your Mac

Have you ever worked with an app or game on your Mac when it suddenly freezes? You are trying to close it and you cannot, or you try to click Exit and it is not responding.

Fortunately, you can force quit an app on your Mac and then reopen it to fix these issues. Here are several ways to forcefully quit an unresponsive app on your Mac.

Why do apps freeze or stop responding?

There are many issues that can cause a Mac app to stop responding. Here are just a few:

Insufficient memory

RAM stands for Random Access Memory, which is essentially short-term storage. Your computer uses RAM to store your open applications, but you only have a limited amount of them. So having many apps open at the same time can slow everything down and in some cases cause apps to stop responding as intended.

If you think this could be your problem, close some of your open apps or restart your Mac to empty memory. You might also consider upgrading your Mac's memory if this seems to be a constant problem.

Problems with the app

Unfortunately, not all apps are created equal, and some have bugs that can cause them to not work properly.

You can reduce such situations by downloading apps directly from the Mac App Store rather than from third-party websites. This doesn't guarantee that an app will be bug-free, but the chances are more than good as Apple reviews all of the apps in the App Store.

Related: Simple Steps to Fix Mac Apps That Crash or Freeze

Incompatible apps

When an app isn't compatible with your Mac, it often won't stay open or won't open at all. However, there are other times when it can freeze completely.


The best way to avoid incompatibility issues is to make sure that you keep your apps up to date. If the developer hasn't released an update in a while, check back later, especially if you've recently updated macOS.

Related: Follow this guide to update every single app on your Mac

How to force quit an app on Mac

Now that you know some of the reasons you might have problems with an app, it is time to look at how to force quit that app if you need to. macOS gives you many different ways to do this.

Force quit an app from the dock

You can easily quit an app as usual from your Mac's dock by holding down the Ctrl key and selecting Stop. But you can also force an app to exit from the dock.

If you Ctrl + click the app, hold down the opportunity Key. You'll see Stop will change too Force quit in the context menu.

The next easiest way to force an app to quit is to use your menu bar. Open that Apple menu at the top left of your screen, then select Force quit.

This opens the Force application to quit Window. Select the app and click Force quit Button.

Force quit an app with a shortcut

Instead of using the menu bar, you can use a keyboard shortcut to access the Force application to quit Window.

Press Command line + opportunity + Escape. Select the app and click Force quit.

Force quit an app using the activity monitor

The Activity Monitor on your Mac shows the processes that are running on your computer. If you've used a Windows computer before, Activity Monitor on Mac is like Task Manager on Windows.

Open the Activity Monitor using one of these quick methods:

  • begin Headlights with Command line + place and enter Activity monitor in the search field.
  • With the Finder open, click walk > Utilities from the menu bar and then double-click Activity monitor.
  • Open that Applications Folder in Finder, select that Utilities Folder and double click Activity monitor.

After opening the Activity Monitor, make sure that the Central processor Tab is selected above. You will see a list of the live processes on your Mac along with their details. Select the app in question, click on the Stop Button (in the form of a x) at the top, then select Force quit.

Here's how to force restart or shut down your Mac

If you're still having issues quitting the app, other apps are also unresponsive, or your Mac seems to be slow to respond overall, it might be best to shut down and restart your Mac.

Restart or shut down your Mac normally

The best way to restart or shut down your Mac is to use the menu bar. Open that Apple Menu and select Start anew or Switch off.

When the dialog box pops up asking if you want to Open your windows again when you log back in, disable this option. You don't want to reopen unresponsive apps on startup.

Force restart your Mac

If your Mac doesn't respond to menu bar actions, you can force a restart. To force restart your Mac, hold the Command line and steering Key together with the On / Off button until the screen goes blank and your Mac restarts.

Force shutdown your Mac

If all else fails, you can press and hold that On / Off button until your Mac turns off. Unfortunately, this method is the same as unplugging the plug, so you may lose unsaved items that you have opened. Only use this method if your Mac has stopped responding.

Related: Restarting or Force Shutting Down a Frozen Mac

Check your Mac's login elements

You can open certain apps when you first sign in to your Mac. However, if one of those pesky apps is on the list, it can cause problems from the get-go.

To check the apps that launch when you sign in, do the following:

  1. Open your System settings Use the icon in your Dock or click Apple Menu and choice System settings from the menu bar.
  2. Choose Users & groups.
  3. Select your user account on the left and switch to Login elements Tab.
  4. You will see a list of all the items that will automatically open when you log in. To remove an item from the list, select it and click minus (-) Button at the end of the list.

Force quit and restart

Hopefully, you don't have to force an application to close often. But at least you now know a few different ways to force quit an app on your Mac if necessary.

If you're constantly having problems with the same app freezing or not responding, it may be time to uninstall this program from your Mac and find a replacement.

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Sandy Writing House
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With her BS in information technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a project manager, department head and PMO head. Then she decided to follow her dream and now write full-time about technology.

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