On a Windows PC, there are several ways to force quit apps or programs when they become unresponsive or freeze. Here are three common methods to do so:
1. Task Manager Method:
- The Task Manager is a built-in utility in Windows that allows you to view and manage running processes and applications.
- To open Task Manager, you can press
Ctrl + Shift + Escon your keyboard. Alternatively, you can press
Ctrl + Alt + Deleteand then choose “Task Manager” from the options menu that appears.
- In the Task Manager window, you’ll see a list of currently running applications and processes. Locate the unresponsive application in the list.
- Select the unresponsive application by clicking on it to highlight it.
- Click the “End Task” button at the bottom right corner of the Task Manager window. This will forcibly terminate the selected application.
2. Alt + F4 Method:
- This method works if the unresponsive application has an open window.
- Click on the unresponsive application’s window to make it the active window.
Alt + F4on your keyboard. This keyboard shortcut is used to close the currently active window.
- If the application is not responding, Windows will display a dialog box asking if you want to close the program. Click “OK” to force the application to close.
3. Command Prompt Method:
- If you prefer using the Command Prompt, you can force quit an application using the
- Open the Command Prompt by searching for “cmd” in the Windows Start menu and clicking on “Command Prompt.”
- In the Command Prompt window, type the following command:
taskkill /im program_name.exe /f
Replace “program_name.exe” with the name of the executable file of the unresponsive application (e.g., “notepad.exe” for Notepad).
Enterto execute the command. Windows will forcefully terminate the specified application.
Remember that force-quitting an application may result in unsaved work being lost, so it should be used as a last resort when an application becomes unresponsive. Whenever possible, try to save your work regularly to prevent data loss.