How to End a Program’s Task in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to end a program’s task or process in Windows 11. If you have a hung or runaway app’s process which is impacting a system performance, you can use Windows Task Manager to kill or end the app’s process. Windows Task Manager is a tool for monitoring and managing a systems’ apps and processes.

If you find yourself in situations where an application is not responding and in a frozen state, you can use the Task Manager to kill the runaway process slowing down your PC. There might be other applications one can use to end a task in Windows, but Windows Task Manager simple, efficient and is already installed.

It can be frustrating when you have an application that won’t respond. Instead of shutting down your PC to regain control which may cause you to lose your work, you can simply force quit the problem app or process using the Task Manager.

Below is how you do that.

How to force quit an app in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows Task Manager can be used to view and mange tasks, system performance and more.

If you have an app that is not compatible with Windows and frequently freezing up your computer, you can use Windows Task Manager to end it.

First, open Windows Task Manager. There are multiple ways to open the Task Manager in Windows.

Alternately, you can press CTRL + SHIFT + Esc to open it, or press CTRL + ALT + DELETE and select Task Manager from the screen that appears.

If Task Manager opens in simple mode, click More details to open and expanded and detailed window.

windows 11 task manager more details

After expanding Task Manager to show more details, you’ll see a list of processes under the Processes tab, and information about how much CPU, Memory, Disk activity, and Network bandwidth each process is using.

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The app that is also not responding should be listed in the processes list. Find the app, typically the one using the most resources and click the End task button.

windows 11 end task button

When you end a program’s task or process, it will force the program to close. You will also lose any unsaved work if the program was forcible closed by ending its process.

That should do it!


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