CommandQ is a Mac utility that stops you from accidentally quitting apps when using the keyboard shortcut “⌘” (or command) and “Q”.

Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to moments of human error. This means, with the ⌘ + Q shortcut, we sometimes quit apps we don’t mean to. Perhaps when we’re meaning to hit ⌘ and W or ⌘ and the TAB key. I know I’ve done it too many times to count!

Thankfully, there’s an app for that! CommandQ is a Mac utility app that stops apps from quitting unless you press and hold down the ⌘ + Q shortcut for a short period of time. This gives you a moment to catchup with your mistake and let go before the app quits. It’s a straightforward concept, but has the potential to save you a lot of frustration and stress.

CommandQ lets you customize the period of time it takes for ⌘ + Q to take effect, from half a second to two seconds. You can also specify which apps CommandQ works with, so it’s only the important apps which require a longer ⌘ + Q press to quit.

CommandQ is a simple, well-designed app that will go largely unnoticed until it saves you from an unfortunate mistake. It costs US$3.99 or is available as a free trial for 30 days. It’s not available on the Mac App Store, but you can get it from the CommandQ website here.

Friday Favorite: CommandQ for Mac originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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