How to force stop a program or app on Windows 10

It is not rare that a program crashes or stops responding in Windows . The reasons for this can be of the most diverse, such as a conflict between the software and the hardware, or even internal bugs of the application itself.

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When this happens, it is best to force your stop. Windows allows you to do this in three different ways: through the Task Manager, Command Prompt or, in more extreme cases, forcing the PC to shut down. Check out how to perform each of these actions below!

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    Through the Task Manager

    Step 1

    : right-click on the Windows “Task Bar” 10 and select “Task Manager”. Another option is to use the shortcut “Ctrl + Alt + Del” and select “Task Manager”.

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    Click with the Right click on the Task Bar and select “Task Manager” (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)

    Step 2: find which program you want to force stop, right-click on it and select “End Task” — or click the same option in the lower right corner.

    Select “End Task” to force stop the app or program (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)

    Through Command Prompt

    If the previous suggestion was not enough to close the program, use the Command Prompt.

    Step 1: in the taskbar search field, look for “Command Prompt” and open it.

    In the Windows Search tab 10, look for and select the “Command Prompt” (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)

    Step 2: with the window open, type the command “tasklist” and press the “Enter” key so that the system will return all the programs that are running on the PC, then find the one you want to terminate.

    Enter the command “tasklist” to access the list of running programs (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)

    Step 3: to force a program to stop, use the follow command and press “Enter”:

    taskkill /im “name of the program”.exe

    For this example, we chose to terminate Chrome, so the command entered was:

    taskkill /im chrome.exe

    Use the indicated command to close the program (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)

    Step 4: once this is done, the program will be properly closed by Windows.

    Once this is done, the program will be properly closed (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)
    Force PC shutdown If none of the above s was enough, it may be necessary to force shutdown the PC. You can do this via the physical button, or use the shortcut “Alt + F4” on the Desktop. In the opened window, keep the “Turn off” option selected and click “OK”. This will cause all open programs to be forcibly closed.

    Use the shortcut “Alt+F4” on the Windows Desktop to force its shutdown (Screenshot: Matheus Bigogno)

    Ready! Now you can force stop a program or app on Windows 10 in three different ways.

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