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Chapter 8. Configuring, Customizing, and... > Controlling Open Applications

Controlling Open Applications

Mac OS X provides several ways to control open applications.

  • You can switch among open applications by clicking the icon of the open application to which you want to switch on the Dock or by using the +Tab or Shift++Tab keys (the currently selected application's icon will be highlighted on the Dock as you press the +Tab or Shift++Tab key combination). If the Dock is hidden, it will appear when you use these keys.

  • Hide applications quickly by pressing +H or by choosing the Hide command on the application's Application menu.

  • Quit an open application by holding the Control key down and clicking the application's icon on the Dock. From the pop-up menu, choose Quit.

  • There are several ways to force a hung application to quit. Press Option+Command+Esc to open the Force Quit Applications window, choose the application that you want to quit, and click Force Quit. Open the Process Viewer application (Applications/Utilities), select the application that you want to quit, and choose Processes, Quit Process (or press Shift++Q). Use the Unix kill command along with the process number of the application that you want to force quit.


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