Quickly Quit Programs Using the Application Switcher in OS X

Jun 4, 2010 - 2 Comments

The Mac OS X Application Switcher is a handy way to quickly cycle through open applications, but did you know you can quickly quit programs you aren’t using with the Application Switcher as well?

Here is how you can quit an open program via the OS X Command Tab application switcher panel:

* Enter the Application Switcher by hitting Command+Tab

* Using tab or your mouse, navigate to the application(s) you want to quit while still holding the Command key

* Press “Q” to quit the application that you are hovered over

You can repeat this trick to quit out of multiple apps or just quit out of a single OS X app as described.

This is just one of many cool tricks you can do with the Command+Tab application switcher.


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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Fred says:

    Viewing the application switcher and browsing inside with the mouse or the the Tab key while holding Command key down works perfectly.
    But to quit an application, users of french keyboards should remind pressing down the “A” key, which lies in place of the “Q” key of UK-english, US-english or some other keyboards.

  2. Scott Haneda says:

    There are also a few more, some obscure, many repeated, but all useful once you memorize them…

    tab – move selection to the right in the app list
    ` – move selection to the left
    h – hide the selected application
    q – quit the selected application
    mouse scrollwheel – move the selection back and forth
    left arrow – move selection to the left
    right arrow – move selection to the right
    up arrow – enter expose within the selected application
    down arrow – enter expose within the selected application

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