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Another way to Force Quit the Finder Desktop
Here's another way to Force Quit an application:
  1. Click the Apple Menu
  2. Hold Shift, and notice that the 'Force Quit...' menu item has changed to 'Force Quit [frontmost app name].'
  3. Select 'Force Quit [frontmost app name]' to force quit the Application.
This method allows you to Force Quit (Relaunch) the Finder without opening the Force Quit application window or using the Finder's Dock menu.

[robg adds: Beyond relaunching the Finder, I can't think of many situations where this would be useful: typically if an application is stuck so badly that you wish to force quit it, it's not going to respond to menu clicks when it's the frontmost application.]
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Another way to Force Quit the Finder
Authored by: nlemac on Mar 13, '07 08:54:32AM

Just press the alt-key and rightclick on the Finder icon in the dock, and you will get an extra option at the bottom that says "Relaunch". :)

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A Force Quit revelation?
Authored by: radiomurf on Mar 13, '07 09:03:09AM

The curious thing is that the keyboard shortcut listed doesn't actually work. I hadn't noticed this little tidbit prior to reading the hint, but immediately realized the advantage that it offers: a bypass around the "Force Quit" dialog.

If I understand the difference that the shift key is supposed to make here, you should be able to add shift to the good 'ol Force Quit key combination to achieve an immediate Force Quit of the frontmost app. In fact, it even displays that key combination in the Apple Menu next to the modified "Force Quit" entry. In my testing, it didn't work.

That means that I'll have to agree with Rob in saying that for the real-world, this hint is practically useless. Am I a better person for knowing that holding the shift key changes the Force Quit behavior of the Apple Menu? I'll let you know the next time I have an app hang, but if I were you I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Another way to Force Quit the Finder
Authored by: wuf810 on Mar 13, '07 12:21:17PM

What I find odd is that Apple chose the Shift key to modify this menu item. Obviously it should be Alt/Option that shows an alternative menu item..



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Another way to Force Quit the Finder
Authored by: CajunLuke on Mar 13, '07 03:48:31PM

But the Option key is already used in the shortcut, so that's a nonoption (Command-OPTION-Esc).



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Another way to Force Quit the Finder
Authored by: Gfx on Mar 13, '07 03:31:29PM

This also works with any frontmost application.



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Another way to Force Quit the Finder
Authored by: vbanshee on Mar 13, '07 08:10:51PM

I found it necessary to hold down shift-option-command-esc for about 2 seconds for the shortcut key sequence to quit the frontmost app.



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2 seconds is a long time...
Authored by: radiomurf on Mar 13, '07 11:51:43PM

Well done! I wasn't patient enough. This is now somewhat useful. It's a heck of a lot easier to get a lagging app out of the way without the Force Quit pseudo-dialog.

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