Can't quit Safari, quit option grayed out

davidinva

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Original poster
Finish browsing and tried to quit Safari from the keyboard. Nothing. Checked the Safari menu and the "quit" option is grayed out and not available. So decided to restart and got the message "can't quit because Safari is still open." Going to shut down and restart, but curious what caused this. Thanks.

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After shutting down with the power button and restarting, Safari looks normal. Still curious. Thanks.
 

LaWally

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Feb 24, 2012
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You could have just gone into Activity Monitor and killed the Safari process. No need to restart your computer.

I suspect a bug in Safari? Which version of Safari? Lion?
 

rventura

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Apr 3, 2012
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Same Issue

I have had the same issue happen. Go to shut down, stopped by Safari. Try to quit Safari using Command+Q and nothing happens. Quit is grayed out and I had to Force Quit Safari through Activity monitor.

This has happened now on two separate occasions. I don't think I did any recent updates. I have Safari Version 5.1.3 (7534.53.10) .

After force quitting, and re-opening, I can Quit Safari normally. Weird bug. :D
 

Torrijos

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Jan 10, 2006
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Use the Force quit menu (alt-cmd-esc)

Weird bug I got a few times too. No idea why.
 

CylonGlitch

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Option-Right Click on the icon in the dock; from there the context menu will have a choice for "Force Quit". Use that, I've never see that not work.
 

MSM Hobbes

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Aug 25, 2006
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MBP, running OS = 10.7.3 and Safari = 5.1.3 ((7534.53.10),,, same as prior poster;
Wanting to quit Safari, so can reboot MBP, but can't do;
Tried: control-right-click on dock icon = Options, Show Recent, Open
Tried: Safari drop down = greyed-out Quit Safari
Tried: command-Q = nothing…
Next… going to the Activity Monitor.

And an interesting nugget also is that the "x" on the Safari tabs are missing :confused: can only close tabs via command-w
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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MBP, running OS = 10.7.3 and Safari = 5.1.3 ((7534.53.10),,, same as prior poster;
Wanting to quit Safari, so can reboot MBP, but can't do;
Tried: control-right-click on dock icon = Options, Show Recent, Open
Tried: Safari drop down = greyed-out Quit Safari
Tried: command-Q = nothing…
Next… going to the Activity Monitor.

And an interesting nugget also is that the "x" on the Safari tabs are missing :confused: can only close tabs via command-w
Read post #6.
 

MSM Hobbes

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Read post #6.
Yes, thanks, I did read that, and its a path I was already aware of… in frustrations however I did not included in my list of what I was going to do next (for example if not the Activity Monitor route), and that alt-cmd-esc is what I ended up doing.

As to potentials of why this happened, I wonder if its due to low system resources or the such? I had 6 different windows open, with ~12 tabs in each, plus iPhoto running while processing some RAW images. And it had been few weeks (~9?) since a reboot, with a lot of web-based searching & three different email accounts therein too.

Safari is now 5.1.7, and OS is 10.7.5.
 

neptunerx

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Dec 5, 2014
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Problem still exist. OS X 10.11.3 Late 2015 MBPr 13. 8GB of RAM. Safari Version 9.0.3 (11601.4.4)
 

amit1233

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Jan 8, 2020
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open a terminal and run the following:
kill -9 `ps -ef|grep -i safar | awk '{print $2}'`

this will kill the Safari session.
open Safari and verify "quit safari" is enabled
 

AlaskaMoose

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Apr 26, 2008
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Still exists in 2019! 2019 MacBook Pro 10.14.6
Hmmm... The same problem has happened twice to my wife's 2017 MacBook Air recently, the last time yesterday. I tried to force quit safari (Command/option/scape), but nothing would happen. It was as if Safari would take hold of the MacBook, and nothing I could do would quit Safari. Finally I had to hold the power button for a few seconds to shut it down.

Before that, the beachball was spinning non-stop, so I figured that the problem was either software related, or maybe the SSD malfunctioning.
 

sprague.rod

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Sep 29, 2017
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This usually only happens when Safari runsmout of course resources however Force Quit from the Apple Menu in the case of later OS always works eventually. Why it is running out of resources is the question.