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  • Locked up Application on the Mac

    Posted on April 10th, 2006 Alan 2 comments

    Jane experienced her first locked up Mac application.  The mail program was  "continously beachballing" as they say.  She asked what the equivalent of

    <Ctrl><Alt><Delete> was and I didn’t know.  Now I do:

    A mini-guide to Mac OS X for new Mini owners.

    If you have an unresponsive application (e.g., continuous beachballing), you can kill it with the combination of Command-Option-Escape. That will bring up a list of running programs from which you will be able to select the offending applications and force-quit it. You can also kill an application from the Dock, by clicking, holding down the mouse key, and selecting Force Quit. On rare occasions, neither of those methods will work, but you can still kill it by opening up Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities), running top to find its process ID, and then typing kill -9 .


    2 responses to “Locked up Application on the Mac”

    1. thank you, thank you, thank you,
      there is none so frustrated as a windows expert trying to switch.

    2. Thank you!!! very helpful for a windows user switching over to the mac side :)

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