How to close an apps on Mac in 2023

5 Ways to Close Apps on a Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to close an app on Mac

How to close an app on Mac

Have you ever found yourself with too many open apps on your Mac, slowing down your computer’s performance? Or maybe you’re just trying to declutter your desktop. Whatever the reason, closing apps on a Mac is a simple process that can help improve your computer’s speed and organization.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the different methods for closing apps on a Mac so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Method 1: Using the Close button

The easiest way to exit an application on a Mac is simply clicking the Close button. Each Mac program has a bar across the top with useful buttons. The Close button, usually an X, is on the far left side next to the Minimize and Full-Screen buttons. Clicking the Close button will Quit the app.

Method 2: Using the menu bar

  1. Click the app’s name in the menu bar.

  2. Select “Quit ”.

For example, if you want to close the visual studio code app, you would click the visual studio code menu bar item and then select “Quit visual studio code”.

Method 3: Using the keyboard shortcut   

Using a keyboard shortcut: You can press Command+Q while the app is open. This will instantly close the app. For example, to close Safari, press Command+Q while Safari is open.

What to Do If an App Won't Close Normally

If an app won’t close normally, you can force it to close. There are two ways to force an app to close:

Method 4: Using the Force Quit dialog

1. Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen & Select "Force Quit Code".

2. Select the app that won't close & Click "Force Quit".

Method 5: Restarting your Mac

If an app on your Mac just won’t close even after you’ve tried to force quit it, don’t worry! You can always restart your Mac. Just click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and choose ‘Restart’.


Wrapping up, it’s easy to close apps on your Mac and doing so can boost its speed and keep things organized. We’ve given you a few options - it’s up to you to decide which one works best. Want more ideas on how to enhance your Mac’s performance? Check out our other blog posts.

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