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    CTRL-ALT-DELETE on a Mac?

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    CTRL-ALT-DELETE on a Mac?
    I have a question concerning my 2 year old MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). MacOS Sierra. 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7. 16 GB 1867 MHz DDR3. 1TB HD.

    This concerns the ever-loving “Beach Ball”.

    Every so often I’ll get a beach ball that just won't quit. I’m unable to access the "Force Quit …" menu because of the beach ball. The only option left for me is to hold down the power button to force a system restart, not something I like to do.

    With Windows one can opt out of such a “loop” by using CTL-ALT-DEL. Is there anything like this on the MAC?

    Or something else?

    In advance, thanks!

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    CTRL-ALT-DELETE on a Mac?
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    CEO

    Command-Escape-Option

    Try different orders. There's another shortcut that uses two of those keys. I forget what it is. I disabled it a long time ago so I can do CEO in any order I want.

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    CTRL-ALT-DELETE on a Mac?
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    The procedure, toMACsh is giving you, is the keyboard shortcut to get to Force Quit.

    Maybe you need to run Disk Utility > First Aid, from your Recovery partition?
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    And just to add to the miscellany of keyboard shortcuts:

    As stated above Cmd + Option + Esc takes you to the Force Quit Menu from which you click the app you wish to Quit.

    If you use Cmd + Option + Shift + Esc this automatically Force Quits the app currently open/active.

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    @fireman0174:

    You might want to write down the various key combinations that are available to use such as the CEO and keep a small "cheat sheet" by your Mac. We have had many former Windows users ask the same thing. Sometimes I even forget certain key combos and have to look them up.

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    CTRL-ALT-DELETE on a Mac?

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    Thanks for the very useful information!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    The procedure, toMACsh is giving you, is the keyboard shortcut to get to Force Quit.

    Maybe you need to run Disk Utility > First Aid, from your Recovery partition?
    Ran with no apparent problems found.

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    How much free space on the bhard drive, firie, and do you use any cleaning utilities such as Mackeeper, CleanMyMac or antivirus software?
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    How much free space on the bhard drive, firie, and do you use any cleaning utilities such as Mackeeper, CleanMyMac or antivirus software?
    I have the HD partitioned with Windows 8. Total space available for the Mac side is 893G. Available free space is 337G.

    No Mackeeper or CleanMyMac.

    Kaspersky Internet Security installed and is up to date. Have Kaspersky for 2+ years.

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    It's good that you don't have Clean My Mac or MacKeeper installed. Although some users swear by these programs others swear at them.

    If you completely disable Kaspersky does the problem go away? One way to find out is to open Activity Monitor (in Applications/Utilities) and keep it open while you're working. When the beachballing starts look to see which app/processes are consuming CPU resources. Also check the memory tab and look at the memory pressure. It should be green under most circumstances. I don't think that's an issue but it is worth a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    It's good that you don't have Clean My Mac or MacKeeper installed. Although some users swear by these programs others swear at them.

    If you completely disable Kaspersky does the problem go away? One way to find out is to open Activity Monitor (in Applications/Utilities) and keep it open while you're working. When the beachballing starts look to see which app/processes are consuming CPU resources. Also check the memory tab and look at the memory pressure. It should be green under most circumstances. I don't think that's an issue but it is worth a look.
    I've used Clean My Mac and MacKeeper on my other Mac(s) in the past but I was never pleased with either one and haven't used them in a couple of years.

    Will try out your other suggestions when I have the time in a few days.

    Thanks

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    Please be sure to post back and let us know the results.
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    Maybe you need to run Disk Utility > First Aid, from your Recovery partition?

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    Decluttering your desktop can also deflate the beach ball. You can test this by creating a folder on the desktop, call it something, select all the other icons on your desktop and copy them to the folder. Drag the folder into Documents in Finder and then restart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    Please be sure to post back and let us know the results.
    I certainly will. Have been tied up with some family issues.

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