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Forcing a Restart

When OS X was first unveiled to the Apple community, many users sat back and waited to see how this new operating system would fit into the Mac world, and over the years, it has won over even its harshest critics. With its ability to process information ultra fast, and its UNIX base, it has become the system of choice for the discriminating Mac user. Apple OS X is the first "true" multi-processing operating system to appear in the Mac market. When you open a program, the UNIX-based operating system runs the application within a protected area of the CPU memory. When a second program is opened, it gets its own CPU working areas. What that means to you is that a program crash no longer means restarting your computer. All you have to do is force the program to quit. In the event of a system lockup, you can even instruct the operating system to force a restart.

Force a Restart

Click the Apple menu, and then click Force Quit.

Click Finder.

Click Relaunch to conduct a mini restart of the operating system.

TIMESAVER If your system is so locked up that you can't access the Force Quit command, just hold down the +Control+Power keys to force your computer to restart.

Follow any onscreen instructions for restarting.


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