Forum Question: Force Command

Dear Gary,
I don’t really understand what force means…

… As in force quit or force boot!
Please could you help me understand?

Yours sincerely, Teddy!

— Teddy

Comments: 4 Responses to “Force Command”

    10/28/09 @ 9:25 am

    Normally you would quit a program by selecting File, Quit. But if a program becomes unresponsive and won’t quit — or perhaps so unresponsive that you can’t even select Quit, then force quit is a way to shut down that program. Only use it in extreme cases. But sometime programs are buggy and you end up having to do this.

    10/28/09 @ 9:35 am

    I meant to ask:

    What does the force quit command do… As in:

    Does it force other applications to give up a certain percentage of the CPU so that it can dump the application from the ram and virtual memory?

      10/28/09 @ 9:47 am

      It doesn’t do anything to other applications. It forces the application you wish to quit. The other applications don’t need to “give up” anything.

    10/29/09 @ 8:57 am

    Thanks, Gary!

    Yours sincerely,


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