How to Force Close an Unresponsive Program on Windows 11 or 10?


If you are working on Windows, especially the older versions, you may find a few apps continuously stopping or responding slowly. Now there may be several reasons for that. Sometimes it may happen because you’re using an older version, or sometimes there may be malware or a virus in your system causing it. Now, you have two options; you can wait for the program to respond or force close it.

If this is the case with your computer and you are looking for ways to force stop the application, this risewindows article will guide you through:-

How to Force Close an Unresponsive Program using ALT + F4?

Follow the below-given method to force stop an unresponsive program with the help of Alt + F4 keyboard hotkeys:-

You need to bring up the unresponsive application to the front using the Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut and then press the Alt + F4 keys to force stop the program.

How to Force Stop an Unresponsive Program Using Task Manager?

Step 1: Firstly, open Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.

Step 2: After opening the Task Manager, switch to the Processes tab.

Step 3: Then, right-click on the unresponsive program you want to force close and select the End task in the menu.

That is all. The program will be forced closed.

How to Force an Unresponsive Program to Quit Through Command Prompt?

Step 1: Begin by opening Command Prompt as an administrator.

Step 2: Then, type the following and press Enter to view a list of programs and services running on your system:-


Step 3: Now, scroll down and note the program name that is not responding, for example, IDMan.exe.

Step 4: Next, type the following command and press Enter to force the unresponsive program to close.

On a quick note, you need to type the name of the program that you want to force close in place of “your program” down below.

taskkill/im yourprogram.exe /f

When you complete the above steps, the output will appear that the process has been terminated successfully.

How to Force Close Unresponsive Programs by Desktop Shortcut?

The unresponsive program can also be closed by creating a desktop shortcut. For that, you must first create a desktop shortcut that accurately detects the said program. You can follow these steps to achieve the same:

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on the free space on your desktop screen and select New > Shortcut.

Step 2: In the Create Shortcut wizard, type the following and click the Next button:-

taskkill /f /fi "status eq not responding"

Step 3: Name your shortcut in the following screen, such as Force Close Unresponsive Applications, and click the Finish button.

Completing the above steps will find the desired shortcut on your computer screen. Now you need to double-click on this shortcut whenever you have an application or program that is not responding, and you need to force close it. It will automatically locate the said program and force close it.

There you have it. The solution to your problem is in a few simple steps.

You guys are amazing; keep reading, learning, and growing.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.