How To Quit Mail On Mac

Whether you’re wrapping up a day’s work or simply trying to close some apps that are running in the background, knowing how to quit the Mail app on your Mac can prove quite useful. However, some users find it difficult or are unsure about how to do it. This guide will walk you through the steps of quitting your Mail app on a Mac.

Quitting Mail Using the Menu Bar

The simplest and most common way to quit Mail or any other app on your Mac is using the menu bar. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Mail app by clicking its icon on the Dock.
  2. Click on the ‘Mail’ option in the top-left menu bar.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select ‘Quit Mail’.

Quitting Mail Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are time-saving tools that every Mac user should know. To quit Mail using a keyboard shortcut, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you are in the Mail app. If not, click on the Mail app to make it active.
  2. Press the Command + Q keys on your keyboard at the same time.
/* Here’s how it looks in AppleScript, in case you ever need it for scripting purposes: */
tell application “Mail”
end tell

This will immediately close the Mail app. Remember, this shortcut works for almost any app on your Mac.

Quitting Mail Using the Dock

If you have the Mail app open and active on your Dock, you can also quit it from there. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on the Mail app icon in the Dock.
  2. In the menu that pops up, select ‘Quit’.


Quitting the Mail app on your Mac can be done in a few simple steps, whether you choose to do it from the menu bar, using a keyboard shortcut or from the Dock. Now that you are familiar with these methods, you can quit the Mail app with ease whenever you need to. Happy mailing!