Every now and again a Mac app decides to disappear from the flock. Like a deer watching the headlights of an oncoming truck, the wayward app freezes up tighter that secrets from Apple, becomes as unresponsive as a recently elected politician, and makes you wonder what’s going on inside your Mac.
How do you kill an unresponsive app that’s obviously decided to go belly up, stiff as a week old corpse?
There’s two ways. One is free and mostly easy, the other is rather expensive (considering the options), but performs with Apple-like class.
First, the free way. Click your Mac’s Apple menu in the left side of the Menubar. Select Force Quit… The rest is self explanatory.
That’s about as free and easy as you can get to terminate with nearly-extreme prejudice a wayward Mac app.
Or, instead of the free and built-in way, you could save a click or too, and use Kill Switch, the elegant, classy way to kill those wayward apps that also helps with the nation’s economic recovery by infusing your hard-earned dollars into the economy.
There’s even a bit of inflation involved with Kill Switch, which inflates the number of clicks required to kill an app using OS X’s built-in method. The developer says Kill Switch force quits an app in three clicks vs. six in the free method.
By my count, killing a wayward app in OS X takes four clicks, not six, vs. three clicks in Kill Switch. That extra click comes with a price tag to accomplish something you can already do for free.
Admittedly, the Kill Switch window can be pinned to the front of your Mac’s screen (does anyone really have so many wayward apps that they need a kill switch always at hand, in plain sight?). And, it has a customizable hotkey combo. But I’m not convinced there’s much difference between having Kill Switch’s icon in the Menubar vs. having Apple’s Force Quit menu in the Apple menu.
Still, if you love control, and need to save that extra click, and you don’t mind doing your part to stimulate the economy by passing money from your credit card to someone else, go for it.