Is your Mac frozen?
As a dedicated Mac user, it hurts to admit that even a Mac computer once in a while may freeze or get stuck. The phenomenon is otherwise best known from PC universe and the blue screens of death and their frequent breakdowns.
When a Mac freezes, it can be recognized by the little spinning rainbow ball in the middle of the screen. Alternatively, the computer may also lock completely, and the cursor can not move and the clock in the right corner stops. It is a dreaded moment for all Mac users!
What to do when your Mac freezes
If your Mac freezes there are several things you can try before you restart it. Forcing a restart on your Mac is, in my mind, the last option.
Try to save your current work by pressing Command + S.
Sometimes it can save your work, even though the program is crashed. Otherwise data might be lost.
Often the freezing problem can be solved by terminating the program by pressing Command + Q.
If that doesn’t work you can try to force-quit the program causing the freeze by pressing Command + Alt + Escape. Here you can choose what program to quit.
If none of the above works, there is unfortunately no other option than to restart the Mac.
This can be done by pressing and holding the powerbutton on the computer – this will turn off the computer completely.
Most freezes and system crashes are caused by temporary software problems. Restarting the computer clears the Macs memory and usually solves the problems.
If it’s a recurring problem, your Mac may have affected by a virus.