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While typing document suddenly a colorful spinning circle appeared and can no longer do any work. it has been spinning for 45 minutes, what does it mean?

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That's the "beachball".  It shows that the system is occupied with some background processing and does not have enough capacity to process your latest input.  It should eventually stop if you leave it alone. You could do a force quit but will lose any current data that has not been saved.  You may have to have the hard disk checked and optimized.  Use Disk First Aid or Disk Utility in Applications/Utilities folder to check the disk.

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