It is not uncommon for an application to stop responding to Windows 10. When this happens, you can force the app to shut down and effectively release said application. How to force an app to close on Windows 10.
Try a shortcut
It̵7;s frustrating when an app you use suddenly freezes. We’ve all done it – inconvenient to click the “X” button at least 20 times to close the frozen program. There is a better way.
With the frozen application in focus, press Alt + F4 on the keyboard to close it. If Windows Desktop is in focus instead, you will see a “Shut Down Windows” prompt instead.
This does not always work – some frozen applications just do not respond.
Force quit with Task Manager
As the name suggests, Task Manager is a tool that shows which apps are currently running (as well as other information such as resource usage and process statistics) and allows you to manage them properly.
To open the Task Manager, you can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard or right-click on the Windows taskbar and select “Task Manager” from the menu.
When the Task Manager is open, select the task you want to force exit, and then select “End Task.”
If you do not see the name of the app in the list here, click on “More information” and find it in the list on the Processes tab.
The frozen program is now closing.
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Force quit an app with the command prompt
You can find and force exit tasks from the command prompt. Open the command prompt by typing “cmd” in the Windows search field and then selecting the “Command Prompt” app from the search results.
Enter the command prompt
tasklist and press “Enter”. Once the command prompt has been executed, it displays a list of programs, services, and tasks that are currently running.
Admittedly, the list can be a bit overwhelming, so just remember to add
.exe to the end of the program name. When you are ready to force the program to exit, run this command:
So if I wanted to force quit Notepad, I would run this command:
taskkill /im notepad.exe
A success message will be returned, so that you know that you have been forced to close the problematic application.
Of course, you can always restart or shut down your computer to shut down an app that is really stuck.
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