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Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows provides a variety of functions, the main one of interest being the Task Manager. Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut & indeed Task Manager for carrying out such tasks as quitting an application that maybe "hanging" (amongst other things) for Apple Macs, or indeed anything similar ?

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Please describe what specific functionalities you are looking for. –  Gerry Mar 19 '13 at 12:26
    
@Gerry Done..... –  Simon Mar 19 '13 at 12:56
    
@Simon Of interest: Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake, blames IBM theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772680/… –  Simon Sep 26 '13 at 13:31

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The keyboard shortcut you’re looking for is + + , alternatively known as command + option + escape. This will bring up the Force Quit Applications window (see screenshot below).

Force Quit Window

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Is Activity Monitor equivalent or similar to the Windows Task Manager ? –  Simon Mar 19 '13 at 11:37
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@Simon If you want to see in more detail what's going on instead of just force-quitting an app, yes. The force-quit shortcut is much easier to use if you just want to quickly kill a misbehaving application. –  zigg Mar 19 '13 at 12:54

There is no all in one equivalent:

  • The equivalent of the Windows Task Manager is The Activity Monitor app.

  • The equivalent of Close Session or Shut Down are found in the Apple Menu.

  • The equivalent of Change Password is the Users pane of the Configuration app.

  • The equivalent of Lock Computer is "Login Window..." under the User (your user name) menu.

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The equivalent of Lock Computer is...? –  Simon Mar 19 '13 at 14:02
    
@Simon - I don't know: I don't need it. But if somebody has the answer, feel free to edit my answer or add it as comment. –  mouviciel Mar 19 '13 at 14:04
    
OK Excellent... –  Simon Mar 19 '13 at 14:05
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For "Lock Computer" see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/64/… –  patrix Mar 19 '13 at 14:12
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@Simon Added Lock Computer equivalent. You can also set the screen saver to require a password and just activate the screen saver when you leave your desk (I use a hot corner to do this). –  devios Mar 19 '13 at 18:10

You can use Activity Monitor and create a global keyboard shortcut to it via BetterTouchTool.

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I normally open terminal. Then use top and kill the process.

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Two problems with this answer: 1 you're starting a new process which will suck on a bogged down machine. 2 anybody unfamiliar with terminal will need a little more info. –  Christian Jun 30 at 1:55

Alt/Option-Command-Esc to force applications to quit.

For Task Manager style stuff Activity Monitor is it by default and its not key invoked.

You could attach a key combo in preferences to Activity Monitor
Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> App Shortcuts -->

Application: Finder
Menu Title: whatever
Keyboard Shortcut: You key combo.

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To complete previous answers :

  • The shortcut control-eject brings you the shutdown/reboot confirmation dialog (I use this a lot : you just have to make control-eject dans then enter to shutdown. Very handy !)
  • the cmd-shift-Q brings you the quit session confirmation dialog
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see http://support.apple.com/kb/TA22781?viewlocale=en_US That is the answer to Ctrl + Alt + Delete on a PC.

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Answers on Ask Different need to be more than just a link. It's okay to include a link, but please summarize or excerpt it in the answer. The idea is to make the answer stand alone. –  patrix Jan 29 at 22:53

If you just need to lock your computer quickly, you can press either:

Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Eject

Or in keyboards without an Eject key you can use:

Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Power ⌽

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Ctrl + Shift + ESC gives you the task manager. This solved my problem. Credit to: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3718443?start=15&tstart=0

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How does this add to or improve on apple.stackexchange.com/a/86015/237 or other answers here? –  Mark Jul 22 at 22:03

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