How to Force-quit an Unresponsive Program in Windows 10

Unlike macOS, to put a comparison that we can all understand, Windows is installed on more than a billion devices, each with different hardware and software. Although all versions of Windows indeed fit most computers, this is not the case with applications.

Depending on the type of application that we use, and the hardware of our equipment, it is probable that on more than one occasion, the application will freeze or stop working completely, sometimes leaving the equipment completely hung or unresponsive for a few seconds. Although rebooting is a simple solution, it is not the fastest.

And I say that it is not the fastest because it requires starting the computer from scratch, a time that can be high if our hard drive is mechanical (not SSD) and if we also have many applications installed at the start of our equipment.

How to Force-quit an Unresponsive Program in Windows 10

The easiest solution when an application stops working is to force the application to close. On some occasions, it is enough to place the mouse over the application icon, press the right button, and select Close application.

Depending on how far the app has hung, this hack may not work. If so, the other option we have left is to perform this process through the Task Manager.

  • To access the task manager, we only have to press together Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  • Next, a window with a blue background and different options will be displayed. From all the possibilities, we select Task manager.
  • A window will open with the Processes tab.
  • Next, we must select which is the application that has stopped working; it is probably accompanied by the message that Doesn’t respond.
  • We select it with the mouse and go to the lower right button to press the End task.

Depending on how you are using our equipment, it will probably take more or less time to close, but it will eventually close.