How to terminate the process of an application running in the background on Mac?


Apps on macOS generally behave well, but there are times when they stop working or freeze up and slow down your entire Mac. If this happens to you (and it can happen often if you’re playing the latest macOS betas), it’s time to quit the app.

Force close is a feature that allows you to effectively close an application that is not responding or running in the background. However, when using this feature, it is important to be aware that if your work is not saved, you may lose it by force quitting a frozen application such as Microsoft Word or a web browser.

How to close an app with Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor is used to view all applications and operating system processes currently in use on your Mac. It also offers the possibility to close all listed applications, although we advise you not to touch macOS processes if you are not sure what you are doing.

1. Press Command + Space to open Spotlight. Type in “activity monitor” and press enter.

2. Activity Monitor should now open. Find the process or application to close in the list or use the search bar located at the top right.

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3. Select the process by clicking on it then click on the cross to initiate the shutdown.

4. A warning pop-up should appear. Select Force Quit.

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5. Voila, the application is closed! If it’s a process or application designed to start on startup, restarting the Mac will usually get it back.

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