Newby question: How to terminate a program?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dc2000, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. dc2000 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
    Hi everyone:

    I'll tell you upfront -- I'm a PC guy and I know a lot about PCs. Recently my friends got themselves a Mac laptop (to match their iPhones, I guess) and asked me to set it up for them. I thought it'd be easy... oh boy, how I was wrong :) I felt like a school boy - even a close button was on the other side of the screen - I don't know why Gates and Jobs do this to us :)

    Anyway here's my question. I know that macs are much more stable then PCs and stuff, but I swear to god I managed to hang up the synching program to the point that it stopped responding. In PC I'd simply Ctrl+Alt+Del out of it and start it over, but how to do it on iMac. Basically, how to terminate a program if it doesn't respond?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Use Force Quit under the Apple menu

    Can kill a process from
  3. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Force Quit - The easiest way (although it doesn't always work) is right clicking the dock icon of the app, and clicking force quit. There is a force quit menu option when you press the Apple logo in the top left, where you can choose which app to close. If you want to go even further, open up Activity Monitor, and press 'Stop' on the app :)

    It gets easier, and when you've got used to the OS, its amazing...
  4. dc2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    If you have a crashed app and its beachballing on you, you cant select the apple menu.

    But, if you have another app, probably the finder, open, you may click it to make it the active app, and use the apple menu> force quit.

    If you cant see the desktop to switch apps, because the crashed app is fullscreen, Expose would help too.

    It happens sometimes. ;)
  6. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    [CMD]-Tab until you get to an app that isn't beachballing (which, as you note, will usually include the Finder) and then [CMD]-[ALT]-Esc to bring up the Force Quit menu.

    From there you can kill any non-responding app (including the Finder, if necessary).

    Knee jerk reaction on my part (probably a hangover of many, many years in OS9) is to take the opportunity to save everything that needs saving in the remaining apps and then re-boot. I'll freely admit that this is probably just superstition on my part, but there y'go ...


  7. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Then there is always ssh'ing in from another machine and using kill.

    /Unix ftw
  8. dodonutter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2004
    Deep South UK
    I never really use those methods if i need to kill a program...way i always do it is to use the short cut key combo alt-command-esc. even if you can't get to an active program (happens sometimes with fullscreen programs you can't alt-tab out of) this will bring up the same menu you get from the apple menu > force quit.
  9. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    if the front app has crashed, this usually wont work.

    so you need to swith apps first before the key combo.

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