Top 3 Ways to Force Quit a Pro­gram on Win­dows 11

Pankil Shah

As a Windows user, nothing is more annoying than a program that refuses to close. When an app or a program stops responding on Windows, it becomes increasingly difficult to close it. No matter how hard you try to close the program using the X mark, it just wouldn't budge. Thankfully, Windows 11, similar to its previous iterations, offers a few different ways to force-quit those stubborn programs.

Top Ways to Force Quit a Program on Windows 11

If you're unable to close a program with the usual methods, then this guide is for you. In this post, we’ll showcase a few different ways that should help you force quit programs on Windows 11. So, let’s check it out.

1. Use the Shortcut

The easiest way to kill a program on Windows is to via the Alt + F4 shortcut. It always has been. This shortcut on Windows is particularly handy when the program is in full-screen mode or not responding.

Before using this shortcut, make sure the window you wish to force-close is active. Otherwise, you might end up closing another program. Also, once you press it, wait for Windows to respond before pressing it again.

2. Use Task Manager

While the above method works great for force-quitting programs on windows, sometimes, you might need a more powerful alternative. That's where Task Manager comes in. It lets you force quit apps and programs by analyzing their memory consumption.

Here's how to force-quit a program on Windows 11 using the Task Manager.

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch the Task Manager window. Click on the More Details button to expand it.

Expand Task Manager

Step 2: Under the Process tab, select the program you wish to close and click on the End Task button.

Force Quit Program Using Task Manager

Like apps and programs, Task Manager also lets you force-quit background processes or a child process of a program running on your PC.

3. Use Command Prompt

Available in most versions of Windows, Command Prompt is a powerful utility that is largely used to run scripts, perform advanced administrative tasks, and troubleshoot reoccurring Windows issues. Aside from this, you can also use the Command Prompt to force-quit a program or a process on Windows 11. Here’s how.

Step 1: Click on the Search icon from the Taskbar, type in cmd, and press Enter.

Open Command Prompt

Step 2: In the console, type in the command below to get a list of all the programs and processes running on your PC.

tasklist
Tasklist Command on Windows

Step 3: Scroll through the list to note down the program's name or process you wish to force quit.

Step 4: Next, enter the following command in the console and press Enter.

taskkill /im ProgramName.exe /t /f

Replace ‘ProgramName’ in the above command with the actual name of the program noted earlier. Once terminated, you’ll see a success message appearing on the console.

Taskkill Command on Windows

Alternatively, you can also kill a program using its PID (or ProcessID). You can find the ProcessID of a program next to its name on the Tasklist.

Once you have the PID use the command below to force close it.

taskkill /pid ProcessID /t /f

Replace 'ProcessID' in the above command with the actual number of the process found next to its name.

Kill Process with Process ID on Windows

Bonus: Create a Shortcut to Force-Quit Non-Responding Apps on Windows 11

As we just saw, the above methods are quite powerful for force-quitting programs on Windows 11. They can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re not comfortable using utilities like the Task Manager and command prompt.

Thankfully, you can streamline the entire process by setting up a shortcut that closes such non-responding programs on Windows. Here’s how.

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on the desktop and go to New and select the Shortcut option from the sub-menu.

Create New Shortcut on Windows

Step 2: Paste the following command in the location field and hit Next.

taskkill /f /fi "status eq not responding"
Create Shortcut for Closing Non Responding Command on Windows

Step 3: Give your shortcut a suitable name and click on Finish.

Name Shortuct on Windows

That’s it. Now you can force quit programs that are not responding by double-clicking on this shortcut. Optionally, you can also assign a custom keyboard shortcut to the above process if you like.

May the Force Be With You

Aside from the above methods that we mentioned above, third-party programs like SuperF4 also serve a single purpose of force-quitting programs. Additionally, you can explore various Task Manager alternatives to achieve the same.

Are you having a hard time deleting a file from your PC? Check out these ways to force-delete files or folders on Windows.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.