• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

B. Troubleshooting > Frozen Programs (Force Quitting)

Frozen Programs (Force Quitting)

The occasional unresponsive application has become such a part of Mac OS X life that, among the Mac cognoscenti online, the dreaded, endless “please wait” cursor has been given its own acronym: SBOD (Spinning Beachball of Death). When the SBOD strikes, no amount of mouse clicking and keyboard pounding will get you out of the recalcitrant program.

Here are the different ways you can go about force quitting a stuck program (the equivalent of pressing Control-Alt-Delete in Windows), in increasing order of desperation:

  • Use the Dock. If you can’t use the program’s regular File→Quit command, try Control-clicking its Dock icon and choosing Quit from the pop-up menu.

  • Force quit the usual way. Choose →Force Quit to terminate the stuck program, or use one of the other force-quit methods described in The Application Menu.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint