3 Common Error Messages That Still Blight Macs Today


Error messages tend to be the bane of our lives, especially in a technologically advanced world where continual improvements are made to our Macs, therefore, adding to the load of potential error messages we might get. It really is never-ending.

The commonly known error messages are still very much around today, with an abundance of users airing their frustrations online or in their respective communities fairly frequently. Common gaming issues, for example, are around games simply not downloading, which isn’t necessarily an issue for online gamers such as those who enjoy an excellent range of games on this site or puzzle games, but it certainly applies to users who download games. Alongside gamers, you have users who are simply trying to open an application or trying to access Safari without it closing instantly. The error messages then pop up, and the subsequent frustration and anger ensue. We’ve all been there. 

So, with common error messages still very much an issue throughout the Mac community, we thought we’d go through a few of them and offer up a solution or two. We must stress, this isn’t necessarily groundbreaking information here, more of a recap.

“Your disk is almost full” 

We’ve all seen this at least once on our Mac, right? It’s a painfully common error message, but it can be easily fixed. Usually down to a lack of storage space or the fact you’re in the process of downloading more items, “Your disk is almost full” is a classic. To fix it, all you need to do is empty your trash and make sure all unnecessary folders are removed from your computer.

Then, to be sure, check your storage by accessing ‘About This Mac’ and then selecting ‘Storage’, then delete anything you don’t need. You can also access large files on your Mac by opening up any folder, holding Command+F, then searching ‘This Mac’ and then selecting a file size and then make sure you remove the chunkier files you might not need. If unsuccessful, restart your Mac and have a look at the disk space once again. 

“The application *programme name* is not open anymore”

A bug on new and old models of Mac, “The application *programme name* is not open anymore” is an error message that implies an app is open, but it isn’t responding and is, therefore, as a result, unusable for a while. Fear not; there’s a reasonably easy solution here. Rebooting can work on occasions, but if that fails, stopping the app, quitting and then relaunching it again works. To do this, simultaneously press the Command, Option, and Escape keys and target the app you want to Force Quit. Then, the app should appear in the Force Quit menu, but you can also remove it from the “Activity Monitor” if it doesn’t appear there. Simple. 

“Safari Web content quit unexpectedly”

One of the more common error messages, the “Safari Web content quit unexpectedly” message is an absolute pain and is a bug that tends to get associated with RAM. The App is essentially saying that it’s unresponsive and can’t be used. This can be easily fixed, though. All you need to do with free up your cache data by clicking Safari, selecting Preferences and by then choosing Advanced.

From there, select “Show Develop menu in menu bar” box. Finally, in the Safari menu, click Develop, then Empty Caches. Also, be sure to check that you have the latest version of Safari by opening the Mac App Store and selecting Updates. To be extra efficient, we then recommend clearing your History by clicking History and then Clear History.

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