In any incomprehensible 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 is no longer relevant, what should be done in the event of a program “freezing” and other troubles?

What for Control + Alt + Delete?

If you recently switched from Windows to Mac, and your program “hung”, the first reaction is to press the 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?

To begin with, Ctrl + Alt + Delete in Windows 10 is 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…

Read more: How to Force Quit Applications on a Mac?

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.

Control + Alt + Delete Equivalent for macOS

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 happen infrequently, but you should not turn off the computer from the outlet whenever an application stops responding.

Apple has developed a special utility for such cases called Task Manager, to open it just use this guide:

  • You can go to it using the shortcut Cmd + Option + Esc;
How to Use Control + Alt + Delete Equivalent for macOS?
  • It is very simple to work with it – just click on the name of the “frozen” application (most likely, it will say “does not respond” next to it);
  • Click the Finish button in the lower right corner.


As you had time to notice, “Force Quit” greatly eases the problem with frozen applications. I hope this article will help you to more quickly respond to everyday problems in macOS and save you time and effort.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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