How To Force Quit Apps On Windows? Quick Guide

In today’s world, the PC is a working, educational, and leisure companion for many users. Most of these rely on Windows, the Microsoft operating system that has been paving the way for desktop and notebook PC software globally for decades.

Windows is now in its eleventh generation and offers some innovative features. On the other hand, Windows still offers users some useful tools from a very long time ago. Among these, we find the one to force the closure of open apps and programs.

There are several reasons why it may make sense to force close, also referred to as terminating, apps and software on Windows. In this article, we will see when it is indicated to do it and above all how to do it.

Why force quit apps on Windows

Windows 11, like Windows 10 and its predecessors, offers a built-in tool to force close open apps and software. The tool is capable of terminating both system apps and user-installed third-party software. Likewise, the tool is capable of forcibly closing system processes. This last operation can be risky if done by non-expert users and therefore we advise you not to consider it.

Force-closing apps or software can instead prove to be very useful in different situations. The most obvious one corresponds to the case in which the PC in use presents problems such as slowdowns, jamming, and repeated closures of system processes. In this case, a specific app could be to blame, and forcing it to close can fix everything.

Another case is the situation where it is a specific app that is blocked, perhaps causing the entire system to freeze.

In cases like this, the classic closure via the link marked with the “X” icon may not work. Therefore, it is wise to take the path of forced closure.

Other less serious cases in which it is indicated to use the force quit tool are in which you want to be sure that all processes related to a specific app are terminated. This is because apps and software may minimally remain running in the background even after a standard shutdown. With the forced closure you will be sure that all processes associated with a specific app will be terminated.

How to force quit apps on windows

This section details how to access and use the force quit apps tool on Windows through the Task Manager tool. This is present starting with Windows 10 via a dedicated interface. With Windows 11 we have seen graphic restyling arrive, although the functionalities have remained the same.

Let’s see how to use Task Manager to force quit apps on Windows:

  1. Open Task Manager. This can be done in several ways:
    • Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination
    • Press the Windows or Start key and search for ” Task Manager “, then open it.
    • (for Windows 10 only) Right-click on the lower taskbar and choose Task Manager.
  2. Once Task Manager is launched, click on ” More details “.
  3. From the Processes section, locate the app, program, or process that you want to close.
  4. Select the app, program, or process you want to close and click End task.
How to force quit apps on windows
How to force quit apps on windows

How to force quit app from command prompt

If for some reason the Task Manager is not usable or does not start correctly on your PC, it will be useful to know that it is possible to force close an app, software, or process via the command prompt as well. A command prompt is also a tool that has been present on Windows since the dawn of time.

Let’s see how to use it to terminate apps, software, or processes running on a PC:

  1. Press Start or Windows key on your keyboard and search for ” cmd “.
  2. Open Command Prompt.
  3. Type taskkill /im [app_name].exe, where instead of [app_name] the actual name of the application or software to be closed must be entered.
  4. Press Enter and verify that the close was successful from the message returned by the prompt.
How to force quit app from command prompt
How to force quit app from command prompt

Also, read about How To Uninstall Apps On Mac: All Possible Methods

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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