How to force quit an app in Windows

We all want everything to work just fine all the time. But sometimes they just don’t. Your Windows app slows down. You get the dreaded “this program is not responding” pop-up. Your whole computer freezes.

In cases like this, the best option is often to force quit the unresponsive app. This means your computer will force the program to close, regardless of what it’s in the middle of doing or trying to do. There are several ways you can do this on a Windows PC. Here they are.

A screenshot of the Terminal in Windows 11 showing a list of running programs.

Look at all this lovely stuff I have running.

If none of these work, you may need to restart your computer.

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