How to Force Quit an App on Your Mac

MakeUseOf | 1/17/2020 | Sandy Writtenhouse
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Have you ever found yourself working with an app or playing a game on your Mac when it suddenly freezes? You try to close it and can’t, or you try to “quit” it and it won’t respond.

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Luckily, you can force quit an app on your Mac and then reopen it. Here are several ways to force quit an unresponsive app on your Mac.

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Why Do Apps Freeze or Stop Responding?

There are many issues that can cause a Mac app to become unresponsive. Here are just a few:

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Insufficient RAM: RAM stands for Random Access Memory, which is essentially short-term storage. Your computer uses RAM to store your open applications, but you only have a limited amount. So if you have many apps open at once, it can slow everything down and in some cases, cause apps to stop responding as they should.

If you think this might be your problem, try closing some of your open apps or reboot your Mac to clear the RAM. You might also think about upgrading the RAM on your Mac if this seems to be a consistent problem.

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Problems with the app: Unfortunately, not all apps are created equal and some run into bugs that can cause them not to work properly.

You can reduce situations like this by downloading apps directly from the Mac App Store rather than third-party websites. This does not guarantee that an app will be bug-free, but the chances are better than good since...
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