This series of blogs “The MAC Ways” is an attempt to make it easy for new MAC users who have Windows experience. In the coming weeks, I’ll post the most sought after Mac queries for the new Mac Users. If you want to read other blogs in the series, here are the links:

  1. The Mac Ways
  2. MAC Address Book
  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version

Let’s get on with this brand new topic for the blog – What is the alternative for CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC?

Window users have a magic wand in the form of a key combination CTRL+ALT+DEL. Every Windows user has faced a situation wherein the applications doesn’t respond and freezes the computer. Making it impossible to work on the system.

CTRL+ALT+DEL comes to the rescue. By pressing this key combination you can close the application that has become non-responsive.

Well, MAC is no different. There may be situations when one of your application becomes non-responsive. What do we do then?

What is the CTRL+ALT+DEL for MAC?

The MAC equivalent for CTRL+ALT+DEL is

ALT (⌥) + Command (⌘) + Escape.

When you press this key combination just like Windows, you’ll get a window “Force Quit Applications“. Select the application that has become non-responsive and click the button “Force Quit“.

You’ll get a popup confirming if you really want to Force Quit the application. Go ahead and click on “Force Quit” button again.

Your non-responsive application will be shut down.

Want to know another way to Force Quit non-responsive applications?

Another way to Force Quit an application is by Right clicking the application in the Dock(taskbar). It brings up a Contextual Menu. While the Contextual Menu is open, press the ALT (⌥) key on your keyboard. It will Change the Quit option to Force Quit.

One more method to Force Quit Applications

Ok ok, I promise, this is the last one 😉

Just like on Windows if you want to see the resources utilized by any application and Force Quite it MAC has it’s Activity Monitor.

Press Command (⌘) + Spacebar to launch the Spotlight Search. Start Typing Activity Monitor, The dynamic search feature will pre-populate it for you.

Press Enter and Activity Monitor will be launched. Look for the application you want to Force Quit and press the information (i) button on top to load another window with the information you need. Click on the QUit button to shut down the application.

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