How to force quit or kill an application on Windows 10

Slow response of an application is not unusual in Windows 10. You may pause the program to shut down, essentially unfreezing the program as it happens. There are different methods to force quit an application. In this article, we will guide you through the different methods to force quit an application on Windows 10.

Force quit an application on Windows 10

To force quit an application on Windows 10, follow any of these procedures step by step.

Method #1

If an application that you simply are using unexpectedly freezes, it’s annoying. We have all done this, clicking at least 20 times on the close button to close the frozen program. To close this kind of application, press the ALT + F4 keys together to close that frozen application. If you have opened the desktop, you will see the following alert of shut down.

Some applications do not close with this method, try another method for that.

Method #2

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Task Manager in the search box and then click the Task Manager option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Task Manager option, the following screen will appear in front of you.

Then click the Application which you want to force quit. After that, click the End task button as highlighted in the above image. Your selected application will be closed.

Method #3

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the subsequent dialogue box will appear.

Type cmd in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the Command Prompt editor will appear as the following image is showing.

Now type the tasklist in the Command Prompt editor and press the Enter key as the following image is showing.

Now you will be able to see all tasks in the form of a list. Now to force quit any task or application, type the following command into the Command Prompt editor.

taskkill /im <program>.exe

As soon as you type this command, the mentioned program or application will be closed and you will see the highlighted message on Command Prompt editor as highlighted in the above image.

One most common and easy way to force quit an application is to reboot or restart your computer.

Conclusion

By following any of these procedures, you will be able to force quit an application on Windows 10.

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