How To Quit All Running Apps On Mac

Having a lot of applications open at the same time may slow down your Mac and decrease its performance. If you want to clear up some processing power and free up your Mac’s memory, you may need to close all running applications. This blog post offers a simple guide on how to do just that.

Method 1: Using the Dock

This is the simplest method for closing apps. You can quit an open application by right-clicking on its icon in the Dock and then selecting Quit.

Method 2: Using the App Menu

You can also close an application by clicking on the app’s name in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and then selecting Quit [App Name].

Method 3: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the quickest ways to close an application on a Mac is by using keyboard shortcuts. You can press Command + Q to quit the currently active application.

Method 4: Using the Force Quit Option

If an application is not responding, you can force it to quit. To do this, press Command + Option + Esc. A window will appear showing all currently open applications. Select the application you want to quit and click Force Quit.

Method 5: Using the Terminal

If you’re comfortable using the terminal, you can use it to quit all open applications. Here’s how to do it:

1. Open Terminal.
2. Type the command below and press Enter:

killall -STOP -c "application name"

Note: Make sure to replace “application name” with the name of the application you want to close.


There are various methods for closing all running applications on a Mac. Whether you prefer using the Dock, the App Menu, keyboard shortcuts, the Force Quit option, or the Terminal, each method is effective in its own way. Choose the one that suits your preference and level of comfort with the Mac operating system.