How to Force Close an Application on Windows 10 PC

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How to Force Close an Application on Windows 10 PC – It’s frustrating when you have an application that doesn’t respond to use. But turning off the computer manually by pressing the power button can result in damage to your computer. Instead of waiting for the app to respond, here’s how to force close an app on a Windows 10 PC in three ways.

How to Force Close an Application on Windows 10 PC
How to Force Close an Application on Windows 10 PC

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC Using a Keyboard Shortcut

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  1. Click on the frozen application. You have to select an application so that your computer knows that it is the one to close.
  2. Next, press the Alt + F4 keys simultaneously. The F4 key is on the top of your keyboard, while the Alt key is on the left of most keyboards.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC Using a Keyboard Shortcut

If you don’t select a window or application, this shortcut can cause your computer to shut down. If these keyboard shortcuts don’t work on your Windows 10 PC, or your laptop doesn’t have an F (function) key, you can use the Task Manager.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC Using the Windows Task Manager

1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys simultaneously. Will display a screen that says, ” Preparing security settings ” before you see a short task list.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC Using the Windows Task ManagerNote: The “delete” key is not the same as the “backspace” key. If you don’t have the delete key, try pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager window.

2. Then select Task Manager. This is the last option on the list.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC Using the Windows Task Manager

3. Click the application that you want to force quit.  If you don’t see the app in the list, make sure to hit the More details button in the lower-left corner of the window.

4. Click End task to close the program.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC Using the Windows Task Manager

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC using Command Prompt

1. Click Windows key + R on your keyboard simultaneously. The Windows key is the button with the Windows logo to the left of your spacebar.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC using Command Prompt2. Then type “cmd” in the search box and hit enter on your keyboard

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC using Command Prompt

3. Type “tasklist” into the Command Prompt. It displays all tasks and programs running on the machine, including those with problems.

4. Finally, type “taskkill / im {name_of_program} .exe” Replace {name_of_program} with the name of the program you want to force quit. Remember to put a space between “taskkill im” and the program name.

5. Finally, hit enter on your keyboard.

How to Force Close an Application on a Windows 10 PC using Command Prompt

For example, if you wanted to force quit Microsoft Word, you would type “taskkill / im word.exe” and press enter. The Command Prompt will send a confirmation message that the task kill was successful.

If you are using this shortcut to force quit apps frequently, it may be time for you to run a check of your PC. Check out our guide on how to remove malware from a Windows 10 PC.

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