First published on February 16, 2007
I’ve found that Mac OS X is certainly more stable than Windows, but once in a while, an application does freeze (argh NeoOffice!). When all hope is lost, you just want to close the program and cut your losses.
In Windows I love the Task Manager (either right-click on the taskbar and choose Task Manager or press ctrl-alt-delete) where I can force a program to quit. In Mac OS X, you can sometimes right-click (well, if you have a one-button mouse, ctrl-click) the program icon (in the taskbar-equivalent, whatever it’s called) and choose “Force quit”. If you can’t do that, try venturing into the Terminal program.
Edit: As you can tell, I am new to the Mac. As Chris has pointed out, you can just press Command-Option-Esc to access the Force Quit window…
Once in the Terminal, you can do the following:
1a) Type in “top” and press Enter. Find your program on the list and note the number on the left column.
1b) Type in “ps -ax|grep yourapp” and press Enter, if you know the system name for your program. For example, NeoOffice is “soffice.bin” so I used “soffice” in place of “yourapp”. Again, note the number on the left column.
2) Type “kill -9 thenumberyounoted” and press Enter. You need the “-9″ in addition to the number you noted.
Hopefully your program has been forcibly closed. Worked for me…