How to Force Close a Program in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can forcefully terminate an unresponsive program.

Let’s look at different ways to do it in detail.

Method #1

Navigate to the Processes tab in Task Manager.

Select the process you wish to terminate.

Press the Delete key or Alt + E or End Task button or right-click on the process and choose the End Task option.

That’s all.

Method #2

Select the program you wish to close. Press Alt + F4.

Method #3

Open the Command Prompt.

Enter tasklist and then press Enter.

You can now see the image name of apps and processes.

Note which one you want to close. In our case, it’s taskmgr.

Now type this command and press Enter: taskkill /im name.exe /f

In place of the “name” in the command above, insert the name you noted down earlier. In our case, it is taskmgr.

Thus, the command should be: taskkill /im taskmgr.exe /f

That’s all.

If you frequently have to close unresponsive programs, you can create a shortcut to perform this task.

Right-click on the blank space in the desktop.

Select New > Shortcut.

Now provide this: taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”

Hit the Next button.

Provide a shortcut name that will help you remember what it is.

Hit the Finish button.

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