Tuesday, February 5, 2008

How do I quit an application? A frozen application?

There are several ways to quit applications. I will go through the ones that I use one by one. Some of the examples are very obvious while others are less obvious, hidden by using shortcuts.

1) Menu Bar

The most obvious one is from the menu bar and selecting Quit.

2) Right-Click Icon

Less obvious, Right-Click (Control+Click) on the application icon on the dock to bring up a menu where you can Quit from there. And even less obvious, is Click+Hold on the application icon for a few seconds to bring up the same menu where you can Quit the application.

3) Right-Click Force Quit

Similar to the previous example, you can Right-Click+Option and you will have the option to Force Quit the application. This is most useful when you are trying to close an application which has become unresponsive.

4) Force Quit Window

Another way to Force Quit an application is by opening the Force Quit dialog. This is done by typing "⌘+Option+ESC" key combination. From here, you just have to do is select the application and click on Force Quit.

5) My Favorite - Quit using the Keyboard Application Switch

In a previous Tips & Tricks, I explained how to switch between applications using keyboard shortcuts. For those that missed it, this can easily be done by pressing "⌘+TAB" key combination. But for this particular example, you can include the character "Q" to close the selected application. "⌘+TAB+Q"

By using this trick you can close several applications in just a matter of seconds.

6) The Windows Way

If all else fails (I have yet to do this yet, on purpose at least!), you can always power down the machine. Press on the power button for ~5 seconds. I do not recommend this in any way, but I leave this option as a last resort "just in case".
Important: by using this option, you will lose any unsaved data.

Hope these examples help to save you some time. Just be careful with the "Force Quit" as it can cause unsaved changes to applications to be lost.

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