How to terminate application?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by joe5, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. joe5 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    How do you terminate an application that is beachballing? In Windows, I would go to task manager and end the application. Searching Mac Help on the Mac and this forum did not help. The application that is stuck is Word for Mac. Tried to copy a Safari screenshot to Word.
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > Click on a process to terminate.
  3. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    Or in most cases, right-clicking the app's dock icon and selecting "Force Quit" should suffice.
  4. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    You could open up terminal (applications->utilities->terminal) and type "killall (process name)." The process name is most of the time just the app name, but some app's process name is different than their app name, so make sure you know the process name or it won't work. These process names can be found in the activity monitor (you can also kill apps from this if you want, it might be easier, I just find the terminal method quicker.)
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    Similar to this: press command-option-esc (or selcet force quit from the Apple menu) to get a window with the current open apps. select and terminate the one you want.
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    To summarize:

    First option:
    Press <COMMAND <OPTION> <ESC> together, and you'll get a Force-Quit menu.

    Second option:
    Right-clink the app in de Dock. You should get the contextual menu allowing you to force-quit the app.

    Third option:
    Open Activity Monitor (In /Apps/Utilities). Select the app, and select the option to force-quit this.

    Fourth option:
    Fire up Terminal (In /Apps/Utilities). Type "top" <ENTER>, and recognize the app, and remember the PID (shown on the left). Then type "kill [PID]" <ENTER>

    This last option has the best chance of success if something bad has happened. It could be that your troublesome app also spawns other GUI troubles, making the first 3 options difficult to execute.

    Whatever.... it's good to have options :)
  7. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    First Option's second option:
    Going to the apple icon in the top left and then "Force Quit..." (for those who are bad at remembering kb shortcuts)

  8. joe5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    I used the
    "right-clicking the app's dock icon and selecting "Force Quit" "
    Worked well. Still have a lot to learn about the Mac OS.
    Thanks to all for the options and education,

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