iMac entered Front Row, won't exit!!

rogersmj

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Sep 10, 2006
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This is the second time this has happened, although the two occurrences have been months apart. I was working on my iMac, listening to iTunes and doing a mockup in Illustrator, when suddenly, for no apparent reason, the damn thing enters Front Row. That wouldn't be such a big deal if only I could now EXIT Front Row -- but I can't. No keys respond on the Bluetooth keyboard except for the volume keys, and after about 1 minute the Bluetooth connection lost message appears on the screen (batteries are fresh). So I go and dig up my wired keyboard, plug it in, and still can only use the volume controls. Tried exiting Front Row with Cmd-Escape, Cmd-Tab, F11, F12, etc...none of it works. Using the remote does not work. I don't want to hard-reboot...IM messages from work have come in and I've got unsaved work in Illustrator! Any ideas?
 

todd2000

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Nov 14, 2005
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Try Ctrl + Opt + Cmd + Esc (All at once)

Thats how I exit front row when it freezes, and it works every time. Doesn't even do it's pretty exit it just disappears and brings back the desktop.
 

• Jaz •

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Jul 30, 2007
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^ Good tip, I tried Ctrl + Alt + Cmd + Esc and it worked, useful for when it freezes frequently. :)
 

todd2000

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Nov 14, 2005
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Yeah, I actually just started using front row, and I noticed it freezes if you try to scroll through a menu of videos too fast etc... Apple really needs to make a way to force quit Front Row from the remote, like hold menu for 5 seconds or something.
 

misbehavens

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Feb 9, 2011
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How to force quit front row

Sometimes front row will freeze and not respond to any of the normal key commands.

To force quit front row, use command+option+escape