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Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > FORCE QUIT FASTER

FORCE QUIT FASTER

The Annoyance:

I know I can bring up the Force Quit dialog box with the Option--Esc keys. But is there any way to force quit a misbehaving application without using the Force Quit dialog to choose the application? Bringing up the Force Quit dialog seems like an unnecessary step, and occasionally, things are so messed up that the dialog won't open.

The Fix:

You can Option-click any Dock icon to choose Force Quit from the Dock contextual menu that appears. This quits the application immediately, without bringing up the Force Quit dialog. If you add the Shift key to Force Quit's keyboard shortcut (Shift-Option--Esc), the topmost application is instantly killed off, again, without opening the dialog. Une danse de la mort, so to speak.


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