In any strange situation, press Ctrl + Alt + Del – This tenet has been guided by users of the Windows operating system for decades. However, with the transition to macOS, this principle loses its relevance, what should be done in the event of “freezing” of programs and other troubles?
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If you recently switched from Windows to Mac, and your program freezes, the first reaction is to press a key combination Ctrl + Alt + Delete. But on Mac, this shortcut does not work – although macOS, of course, has similar functionality. So what needs to be pressed?
Let’s begin with Ctrl + Alt + Delete in Windows 10 – not the best shortcut. Why? The fact is that it does not immediately lead you to the Task Manager, where you can try to close a non-working program. Instead, you will see a menu with a variety of options – exit to the lock screen, change the user, exit the account, change the password …
And only at the very bottom will there be a link to the Task Manager. If you still use Windows and need the Manager from time to time, it makes sense to learn a special shortcut for launching it – Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
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The program on how to close on Mac hung (Forced shutdown)
You can use the keyboard shortcut to close any program on macOS ⌘Cmd + Q. Another thing is that a non-working application, this command will not have any effect.
macOS differs from Microsoft platform in its stable operation, but developers from Cupertino, of course, cannot ensure the absolute uninterrupted operation of the system. When using the correct operational support, emergency situations do not happen often, however, you should not turn off the computer from the power outlet whenever an application stops responding.
Apple has developed a special utility for such cases called Forced program termination. You can go to it using a shortcut ⌘Cmd + ⌥Option (Alt) + Esc. It is very simple to work with it – just click on the name of the “frozen” program (most likely, it will say “does not respond” next to it) and press the button To complete in the lower right corner.
This is the easiest way to deal with “hung” programs, so we strongly recommend remembering the corresponding shortcut.
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If the program cannot be completed in this way, you can use the operating system control menu, which is called by the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Eject. There are options for turning off the computer, restarting it, and entering sleep mode.
However, you can completely return to the usual Ctrl + Alt + Del from Windows using a free utility, which is called – “Ctrl Alt Delete“. After installing it, pressing the appropriate keys brings up the dialog box shown in the screenshot below.
As you can see, it has a list of active applications, as well as buttons for emergency and regular completion of their work. When the system hangs completely, you can turn off, restart or put the computer to sleep mode, as well as end the session for the current user.
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How to open Task Manager on Mac
The macOS counterpart of the Manager is called Activity monitoring (in detail). It collects information about the operation of the central processor, RAM, network, disk and energy consumption of individual applications.
The easiest way to run Activity monitoring – Find it through Spotlight Search. To do this, click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the screen or use the keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd + Space (sometimes CTRL + Space) Typing the whole name is optional, Spotlight will understand what you mean after pressing the letter “M”.