How to Close Frozen Applications in macOS

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If you've ever encountered an unresponsive program in Windows (and who hasn't?), you’ve undoubtedly used the Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination to force the program to quit. Unlike PCs, however, macOS doesn't use the typical Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination to Force Quit frozen programs. If an application hangs up on you on your new Mac, just follow these simple steps:

1. Press Command-Option-Esc on the keyboard to open the Force Quit Applications window.

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2. Select the program you wish to terminate and click Force Quit.

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3. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner, select Force Quit from the drop-down menu as an alternate method.

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