If you want to close an application that seems to be stuck open on your Mac, you can use Apple’s version of Windows end task (Force Quit Applications) or Mac’s Task Manager (Activity Monitor). Here is how can you launch these apps on your Mac.
How to Launch the Force Quit Applications App
- Press the following key combination on your Mac’s keyboard: Command + Option + Esc.
- That will bring a dialog window with the running apps.
- Select the application you want to close.
- Now, click Force Quit and the process will stop immediately.
This Force Quit dialog box is not the same as Windows Task Manager. However, it allows you to quit running apps. If you want to launch a more detailed task manager you can use Activity Manager.
How to Launch Activity Monitor
- Press Space + Command keys to launch Spotlight.
- Now, type “Activity Monitor” in the search bar and press Enter.
- Click on the Finder icon from your dock to launch a Finder window.
- On the sidebar of the Finder window, click on Applications, and double-click on Utilities.
- Now, double-click on Activity Monitor.
For force quitting an application using Activity Monitor, select the app and click on the “X” button at the top-left corner of the window. Now confirm your action by choosing Force Quit.
Both apps Force Quit Applications and Activity Monitor can force quit running applications, but Activity Monitor is more powerful in the sense of showing more detailed information about the processes.