F19 Programing

I am trying to program the unused F19 Key on my "Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad" with the keystrokes for "Force Quit" ( which are Command+Option+Escape ) but can't figure out how to do it. Can someone help me please?

You should probably be able to use a Hot Key trigger to detect the F19.

But I'm not sure about the Force Quit - simulating the Command-Option-Escape keys will not trigger the Force Quit (it must happen at some lower level) and I don't know any other way to trigger the system force quit.

Note that Keyboard Maestro can force quit application in its Application Switcher or the Quit a Specific Application action.

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@B_MYERS you could use a shell script with the killall command and trigger it via F19. Just know this can be potentially dangerous if you have unsaved work and trigger it accidentally.

For example, in the sample macro below, you can force quit the front app (I didn’t assign it a trigger because I don’t have my extended keyboard with me right now):

Download Macro(s): Force quit front app.kmmacros (2.8 KB)


  • Macros are always disabled when imported into the Keyboard Maestro Editor.
    • The user must ensure the macro is enabled.
    • The user must also ensure the macro's parent macro-group is enabled.
System Information
  • macOS 13.5
  • Keyboard Maestro v10.2