A program on a Mac hangs on how to forcibly close (end the process): 3 ways

If any application hangs on a Mac, you must force it to close.

This will help to quickly close the program or restart it, allowing you to avoid rebooting the entire macOS system. In this article we will discuss all the basic ways to force the completion of applications and background processes on a Mac.

There are three main ways to force Mac applications to close:

«Complete force…»

The easiest way to quickly close the application — go to the menu and press the item «Complete force…». This menu quickly opens with the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + Esc (⌘ + ⌥ + Esc). Then it remains to choose the game or program of interest and click «To complete».

The main disadvantage of this method is, that using this system utility can not close background processes, which macOS is very, very much.

In some cases, call the item «Complete force» you can right-click on the application icon in the Dock.

System monitoring

A more interesting way is to use the system utility «System monitoring». You can open it by going to Finder → Programs → and, or simply by entering the corresponding query in the Spotlight search.

Close the application or process is very simple — just select the desired line and press the button with the image of a cross in the upper left corner.

In the dialog box that appears, it remains to choose the method of closing — usual (all data is saved and the application is closed normally) or forced, which is suitable for hung applications.

The main advantage of the utility «System monitoring» in, that not only active games and programs are displayed here, but also system processes, background tasks and even applications, running on other Mac accounts (of course, support and management of these processes from the administrator account without entering a password from a secondary account).


More difficult for average Mac users, but no less effective. Any programmer will be able to close the process or task many times faster with the help of the Terminal.

1. Open Terminal (Finder → Programs → Utilities or through Spotlight search).

2. Enter the following command (without quotes)

killall «process name»

for example:

killall Finder

killall Dock