How to Force Quit on a Chromebook

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Chromebooks are easy to use by their very nature. However, that doesn't mean everything about them is intuitive. As with any piece of tech, every once in a while you run into a glitch that causes a tab or app to stop working properly, especially if your Chromebook is running Android apps.

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But since there is no Ctrl+Alt+Delete option to open the task manager on a Chromebook, as there are on a Windows laptop because there's no delete button. That doesn't mean you can't get to a task manager, however. Here's how to force close a window. 

1. Open Chrome.

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2. Click the menu button, the stack of three dots.

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3. Select More Tools in the menu.

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4. Click Task Manager.

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5. Select the process or program that you wish to force quit and click End Process on the bottom right of the screen.

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6. If this is a program that your Chromebook finds important, such as Pocket or, your Chromebook will prompt you to restart the app via a pop-up on the bottom right of the screen.

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  • David Henderson Says:

    I have found that on my Chromebook 15 that if I hold down the power button it does a reboot. So far this is the only way I have found around this.

  • Socalbee Says:

    Unfortunately when a malfunctioning tab freezes the computer . . . it literally means everything on the computer freezes . . . rendering the simplistic instruction to ‘get to the Task Manager from Chrome’s 3-little-dots’ absolutely impossible.
    Which, at this point, forces us to actually go to the extreme of removing the battery just to move past a glitchy open tab.
    . . . Unless someone out there has found a better, more logical, option?

  • Tigirl Says:

    Never mind. I'm incompetent. Figured it out

  • Tigirl Says:

    Is there any way to open it without having to click anything? Because my problem is a tab that refuses to allow my mouse to do anything. Like, I can't scroll to the taskbar, the mouse just ceases to exist.

  • Henry coates Says:

    Will I be able to use the remote desktop on asus c201 chromebook with 4gb of ram.if so can I run my external disc burner through convert x on my desktop on the main laptop

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