How to Force Quit Menu Bar Apps in macOS

macOS Activity Monitor App Icon

In today’s post, we look at how to force quit Menu Bar apps in macOS.

First of all, to force quit an app that is not responding in macOS is usually just a few clicks. First, click the  icon and select Force Quit, then find the app in the Force Quit Applications window, and click on Force Quit. Simple and easy.

However, this is not quite so useful when the app lives in the Menu Bar and does not appear in the Force Quit Applications window.

For example, I was having problems with a VPN app. The app resides in the Menu Bar and is not active on the Dock. The problem was the app was unresponsive and I could not exit it. It also does not appear in the Force Quit Applications window.

If you’ve had similar issues, here’s how you can force quit Menu Bar apps using a built-in macOS app called Activity Monitor.

    1. Launch Activity Monitor using either the Launchpad or Spotlight
    2. Then look for the app in the list of active processes or type in the app’s name into the search field
    3. Once you’ve located the app that is causing problems, highlight it and click on the Stop button
    4. From there you can choose to either quit the app or force quit it

Force Quitting Menu Bar App Using macOS Activity Monitor

Have you often had to force quit Menu Bar apps? Let us know in the comments!

Interested in finding out what else you could do with the Activity Monitor app? Here’s the link to Apple’s user guide. 

Using Quick Parts and AutoText to Manage Multiple Outlook Email Signatures

Microsoft Outlook Icon

Do you find yourself switching between different email signatures when you use Outlook? In today’s tutorial, we look at how to set up and manage different Outlook email signatures using Quick Parts and AutoText.

Before we begin, we are using Outlook 2010 for the tutorial. Other versions of Outlook might differ slightly, but you’ll be able to find your way.

What are Quick Parts and AutoText?

According to Microsoft’s official guide, the Quick Parts feature in Outlook provides building blocks, reusable pieces of content or other email message parts that are stored in galleries. You can access and reuse the building blocks at any time.

AutoTexts are a subset of Quick Parts.

Quick Parts in Outlook UI

How to Set up Email Signatures Using Quick Parts and AutoText

    1. First, start a new email and type out the signature you desire
    2. Then select and highlight the signature and press Alt + F3
    3. In the Create New Building Block box, give the new signature a name and a description. Maybe put it in its own category too, for example, a signatures categoryCreating Signature as AutoText

Managing Email Signatures in Quick Parts

    1. To see a list of your current email signatures created as AutoTexts, start a new email and click in the email body
    2. Go to the Insert tab, click on Quick Parts, then AutoText, and you’ll see all your AutoTexts here including all the signatures
    3. To insert any of the signatures, just click on them
    4. To manage the AutoTexts and signatures, right-click on any of them and select Organize and Delete

Quick Parts in Insert Tab 

Quick Parts Organize and Delete 

Organize and Delete Window

Inserting Signatures in Email Messages as You Compose Them

With different email signatures saved as AutoTexts, you can quickly insert any of them as you are typing out your email messages.

When you are ready to close an email and insert the signature, just simply start typing the name you gave the signature. You’ll see a prompt that says “Press ENTER to Insert“.

Press either Enter or Tab and your signature will be inserted.

Press ENTER to Insert 

Signature Inserted 

One More Thing

Moreover, what you have read in this post works with any building blocks saved as AutoTexts.

For instance, say you often get a certain type of inquiry, and you have developed a template message for it. Why not save the template message as an AutoText. Next time you get the same inquiry, just type the name of the AutoText and hit Enter or Tab. With that, your reply will be ready to go.

Lastly, if you would like to read Microsoft’s guide on how to create reusable text blocks for email messages, here’s the link

However, if you indeed read Microsoft’s guide, did you find their typo hiding in plain sight? Let us know in the comments!

Microsoft Typo

How to Close the Lid on Windows 10 Laptop Connected to External Monitor without Putting It to Sleep

Ever wanted to plug an external monitor into your Windows laptop, and use it as a desktop computer with its lid closed?

You are not alone.

This transforms your laptop into a desktop. You get a larger screen and more real estate for whatever you are doing. With the lid closed, the laptop can be easily tucked away so it stays out of sight and your desk is less clustered.

However, you’ll find that as soon as you close the lid, your computer goes to sleep.

Here’s how you can prevent the laptop from going to sleep when you close the lid.

    1. Go to the Start menu and click on Settings
    2. In the Settings window, choose System and then in the next screen, choose Power & Sleep
    3. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Additional power settings
    4. In the Power Options window, click on Choose what closing the lid does
    5. Select Do nothing for When I close the lid
    6. Finally, click on Save changes

Windows Power Settings - Do nothing when I close the lid

Now try closing the lid on your laptop. You’ll find the external monitor will stay on and now you have a desktop to work with.

Were those steps easy to follow? No? Here’s how you can do the same thing even quicker.

Click on Start and type “lid”. Guess what, the very first option is to choose what closing the lid does. I trust you’ll be able to take it from here.

Typing lid into Start menu