How to shutdown unresponsive application in Window 10

A software stops responding and you can’t close it? Nothing absolutely happens when you click on the cross button? In general, it doesn’t take much to terminate the software .

In this short tutorial, you will see different methods to force the closing of an unresponsive program .

Method 1: ‘Cross’ button

To stop an application that does not respond , you can first try to close the window using the ‘cross’ button (top right). If nothing happens, try the second method.

Method 2: Using the taskbar

You can also try to close the hanging software using the taskbar . To do this, right-click on the application, then click on ” Close window ” in the context menu.

Method 3: Using the Task Manager

The task manager lists all running processes, including applications. It allows you to easily force the termination of a blocked application . Here’s how.

1. First, open the task manager using one of the methods below:

  • Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Shift+Esc
  • Right-click on the Windows 10 Start menu, then click ” Task Manager ” from the context menu.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl Del Supp and click ” Task Manager .”

2. From the ” Processes ” tab , select the desired application and click on the ” End task ” button .

Your program should then close automatically.


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amin nahdy

Amin Nahdy, an aspiring software engineer and a computer geek by nature as well as an avid Ubuntu and open source user. He is interested in information technology especially Linux based ecosystem as well as Windows and MacOS. He loves to share and disseminate knowledge to others in a transparent and responsible way.

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