How To Close A Specific Application On Mac OS X
Mac OS X is a flexible operating system, which is pre-loaded with Apple’s computer, including Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. You can also download this operating system from the Apple’s website and install on your own PC if you have right drivers.
But do you know how to use Mac OS X, especially when a particular application is being unresponsive? On Mac OS X, when an application becomes unresponsive, the whole computer will freeze and in most cases, you can’t do anything else.
To get your Mac computer back to normal, you need to eliminate that application. In order to do that, you can use Activity Monitor, or also known as Task Manager for Mac, a built-in feature to track all running processes and kill them anytime you want.
The simplest way to open the Activity Monitor application is using Finder. In the left side of Finder, click on Application, and then click on the “Utilities” folder. You will see the Activity Monitor icon show up. Just click on it to launch the application.
When the Activity Monitor is opened, it will show you the list of running applications as well as system processes. Simply right-click on the app or process you want to close and force it to quit. This is the simplest way to force quit Mac apps when it doesn’t respond to any command.
There is another way to help you eliminate Mac apps, by using Terminal application. All you need to do is open it and type a simple command. However, with Terminal, you only can kill apps that you know and remember the name of it. You can’t just kill a process that you don’t know its name.
For example, if the Google Chrome browser is being unresponsive, only open Terminal and type “killall Chrome”. The Google Chrome browser will immediately be closed. But, you can’t just kill an application that you don’t sure what name is it. It will not work! So if you want to use Terminal to force any application to quit, make sure you know and remember the name of it.
To avoid an app being unresponsive, you should disable unnecessary startup items, close unwanted apps that running in the background, or add more RAM to your Mac computer to speed it up. Sometimes, out of resources like RAM could make a Mac application not respond to your command.
We hope this simple guide and the following methods can help you to learn more how to close an unresponsive Mac apps. Of course, these methods only use when an application being unresponsive. If the app still respond to your command, simply press Command + Q keys on your keyboard and it will close immediately.
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