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How to: CTRL ALT DEL on a Mac

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If you’ve been a long term user of Windows and / or are relatively new to the Mac Operating System, the chances are that at some point you’re going to ask the question, “What’s the equivilant to CTRL ALT DEL on a Mac?

Mac OS is by no means perfect; sure it’s a lot better than Windows Operating Systems, but there are still times where you may get a stuck process or program that needs to be terminated. There are a few ways you can Force Quit an application – let’s take a look:

Option 1

  • Click the Apple logo on the top left corner of your screen
  • Select Force Quit
  • Choose the application you wish to kill
  • Press Force Quit

Option 2

  • Press Command-option-escape on your keyboard
  • Choose the application you wish to kill
  • Press Force Quit

If you want to quickly kill the most forefront application then press Command-option-shift-escape. Apple OS will do this without any confirmation prompt.

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