Quit Safari Is Grayed Out On Mac, Fix

Several Mac users have complained that they could no longer quit Safari on their computers because the link or button to quit appears “grayed out” or “dim”.

See also: Safari not working?

This article explains what you can do if you can’t quit the Safari app because the Quit Safari option is not working.

Safari Quit

This guide will help you fix this problem.

See also: Safari Isn’t Responding, Keeps Crashing or Freezing

How to quit Safari

You can quit Safari easily. In the Safari menu bar, while in Safari, choose Safari and Quit Safari. If this option appears to be disabled, let’s first try to close the Safari normally. There are a few ways to do this. The following methods will close Safari gracefully.

  1. Dock: Right-click the Safari icon in the Dock then select Quit from the popup menu. See also: Dock is not working?
  2. Shortcut: While in Safari, press the Command ⌘ + Q keys together on the keyboard.
  3. Activity Monitor: Open Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities), click the CPU tab, find safari, then select Safari and click the (X) quit button at the top left of the Activity Monitor window. This will bring up a menu, click Quit.
  4. Terminal: Open the Terminal app (Applications > Utilities), then enter the following command then hit enter:
osascript -e 'quit app "Safari"'

If the above methods do not work, you can force quit the app. There are a few ways to force quit:

  1. Apple menu: Click the Apple menu (which is located in the top-left corner of the screen) and then select Force Quit. A dialog window will appear. Select Safari and then click Force Quit.
  2. Keyboard shortcut: On your keyboard, press the Command-Option-Escape keys together. This will also bring up the Force Quit menu. Select Safari and then click Force Quit.
  3. Dock: Find the Safari icon in the Dock. Right-click (or control-click) the icon and hit the Option key. This will open a menu, select Force Quit.
  4. Activity monitor: Open the Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) on your Mac, click the CPU tab and select Safari. Click the (X) quit button in the upper-left corner of the Activity Monitor window and then select Force Quit.
  5. Terminal: You can also use the Terminal app to force quit it. Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities) and then enter the following command and hit enter:
killall Safari

See also: Activity Monitor Not Working? How To Fix

Reopen Safari

After quitting or force-quitting Safari, reopen the Safari, does your problem occur again? If it does, try the following tips:

Please note that you should try these steps in order. After trying each step, open and test Safari again to see if you’ve fixed the issue.

  • Open Safari: Simply press and hold the Shift key while opening Safari. Then clear cache.
  • Restart: Simply restart your Mac. You can restart your Mac by choosing Restart from the Apple menu.
  • Check for updates: Since Safari is part of the macOS software, updating your Mac will also update Safari. Follow the steps below:
    • macOS Mojave or later: Click the Apple menu then go to System Preferences and Software Update. If there is an update available, follow the onscreen instructions to update your Mac.
    • macOS High Sierra or earlier: On your Mac open the App Store app and then click the Updates tab and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Restart your Mac in Safe Mode: Safe Mode clears caches and repair disks and this may fix your problem. Here is how:
    • Turn off your Mac.
    • Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold the Shift key.
    • Release the Shift key when you see the login window.
    • Log in to your Mac.
    • Test Safari now, does the Quit option work now?
    • Now restart your Mac normally. Turn off your Mac and then turn on without pressing the Shift key. This will exit Safe Mode.

See also: How To Know If Your Mac Is Started In Safe Mode

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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