Kill a Frozen Program to Stop the Spinning Beachball
It happens to the best of us for reasons we don’t always understand, a Mac application just suddenly becomes unresponsive and we see the spinning beachball of death (SBOD for short). For those new to the Mac platform, getting around the spinning wait cursor might be confusing, so here’s two ways to do just that. The first method is through the GUI using Force Quit, and the second method is using the command line kill utility.
From the Finder using the Force Quit menu:
- Hit Command-Option-Escape to bring up the Force Quit menu
- Select the troubled application, and hit the ‘Force Quit’ button
From the Command Line with the kill command:
- At the command prompt type: killall [Application Name]
- for example: killall Transmit