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Use the application switcher to force quit an application Desktop
I noticed a while ago that it is possible to 'force quit' an application in another way than is already documented (Command-Option-Escape or Control-click an active app in the dock). I found out that it is sometimes also possible by hitting the Command-Option-Q keys after tabbing to the selected app you want to quit.

It is not a real force quit, because when you try it on an app that is not stuck, it will ask you to save the active document first. But sometimes an app is not responding. In this way, you are able to quit that app in most cases.
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Use the application switcher to force quit an application
Authored by: Azark on Oct 20, '04 12:34:46PM

I just noticed that, on a french system, you can't quit an app while command-tabbing by hitting "q". You need to hit "a" instead, which means that the french keyboard is not recognized for this...


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Use the application switcher to force quit an application
Authored by: fracai on Oct 20, '04 12:44:50PM

This is a known bug with alternate keyboard layouts. Is the French A in the same position as the QWERTY Q? The same happens with the Dvorak layout. You have to enter a ' (QWERTY Q). I've submitted the bug and the response indicated that Apple knows about it and it should be fixed. I'm hoping in Tiger. I don't know why this hasn't made it into a smaller update.

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Use the application switcher to force quit an application
Authored by: momerath on Oct 20, '04 12:39:43PM

Didn't we already reject this as a hint? The option key is ignored, and it acts just as a regular "tell this app to quit" command. Why else would it "not work some of the time" and "ask to save changes"?

Seriously.



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Use the application switcher to force quit an application
Authored by: marcelv on Oct 20, '04 04:02:58PM

you are not quite right on this one. When you try this on an app you cannot quit by typing command-q, because the beach ball is running for quite a while and there is no possibility to activate any of the funtions of the app, you will be able to force quit it using this hint.



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Use the application switcher to force quit an application
Authored by: firefly007 on Oct 20, '04 03:13:46PM

it seems to work, Entourage stop responding and it quit it when i held down option.



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