How do I force shut down my Mac?

You have no idea how to force shut down your Mac computer, and it’s frustrating to think that you’re in the middle of your concentration when your Mac freezes. No matter how powerful a Mac computer is, there will be times that your machine will just give in to workload and begin to become unresponsive. Like any other computing hardware, Macs freeze for various reasons.

The most common reasons why Mac freezes are the following:

  • Insufficient RAM to share among running applications
  • Large applications using too much CPU
  • Software bugs and incompatibilities
  • Multiple applications open at once
  • Applications competing for disk access and other resources at the same time

The bottom line is: memory plays a significant role in the performance of your Mac. So next time, make sure you’re only running a number of applications that are within the means of your Mac’s RAM and/or CPU.

Before we proceed to the proper steps, make sure to give your Mac some time to process running tasks. If not, then you can force quit applications first. Just follow the steps below.


How to Force Quit Applications on Mac

Before you force shut down your Mac, try to force quit open applications first. One of them might be the reason why your Mac is freezing. This way, you are also decreasing the chances of damaging any applications on your computer.

To force quit an app on a Mac, follow the steps below:

  • Hold down command + shift + option + esc altogether to force quit the foreground or current application.
  • If there are multiple windows opened, launch the Force Quit window. To do this, press command + option + esc and select the application. Then press the return key or click the Force Quit button to force quit the selected app.

If the force quitting the culprit doesn’t cut it, proceed to the next step.


How to Force Shut Down Mac and Reboot Automatically

If you want to force shut down your Mac and reboot it automatically, press and hold command + option + control + the power button, all at once. This combination prompts your Mac to force quit all open applications and restart. Alternatively, you can use the eject key in lieu of the power button, if your Mac has one.

Note that open applications with unsaved changes will prompt you to save changes. If the cursor is freezing, hit the return key to confirm changes.


How to Force Shut Down Mac

If you just want to force shut down your Mac straightaway, press and hold the power button for 5-10 seconds. Note that this will force quit open applications which means unsaved changes will be lost. Applications could incur a damage. Wait for 30 seconds to 1 minute before turning on your Mac again.

Alternatively, you can press and hold the power button for 1.5 seconds to trigger a window confirming if you want to shut down your Mac. Press return to confirm. Although this is likely to cause any damage to your Mac, it’s most likely ineffective.

Have you successfully force shut down your Mac? If not, let us know in the comments section. We’ll be happy to assist you.


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