When a program on your Mac freezes or worse, the whole machine refuses to ignore your commands, we begin to panic and fret what to do next. Despite computers being an amazing invention they are still prone to freeze on us (even the posh expensive ones). Luckily there is a solution to get us out of this sticky spot – Force Quit!
Force quit is a great way to shut down individual programs that have either froze or are effecting the speed and the performance of the rest of your Mac.
Here is a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to kick start your computer into behaving again…
How to Force Quit on Mac
1.) Like many functions it all starts with that little Apple icon. Scroll your cursor up to the top left hand corner of your tool bar and click the iconic symbol.
2.) A drop down dialog menu will appear. Go down and select the option ‘Force Quit’.
3.) A small popup window will appear displaying all of the programs and apps you have open.
4.) Click on the one or ones that are not responding or you suspect are causing the problems and then ‘Force Quit.’ Your Mac will instantly shut down that program.
After this your computer should unfreeze and start listening to your instructions. Brilliant!