How to Force Quit in Windows 10

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Of all the problems that Macs and PCs share, crashing and unresponsive programs rank as one of the more annoying commonalities. If you're switching from a Mac to a PC, you'll kiss Force Quit goodbye, and now rely on Task Manager to shut down programs that you can't quit by traditional means.

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While you can use Task Manager to end any program, even if it's not unresponsive, it's primarily used to close programs that are frozen and do not respond to clicking the X icon in the upper right corner.

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How to Force Quit in Windows 10

1. Hold Control + Alt + Delete at the same time. Your keyboard may vary. If this does not work, try Control + Shift + Escape.

fq12. Select Task Manager.


3. Select the unresponsive app. 

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4. Tap End Task.

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The unresponsive program has been shut down! 

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • la papapapa Says:

    doesnt work on windows 10. frozen programs wont shut, even shutting em down with task manage, ins't any better program to force quit anything even if frozen?

  • Bob the Builder Says:

    Shift + Ctrl + Esc = Task Manager

  • Henry Says:

    Well how about a program that won't 'move' so the task manager could be of any use? The program(game) wont close and go away from my screen to reveal the task manager. Only solution i know is restarting the computer, but would like to have a better one. thanks.

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