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Forced closing of programs and games


Alt + F4 is a universal combination for closing any programs. Climb over the network? Alt + F4 - the browser is closed. Worked in Photoshop? Alt + F4! In fact, if you wish with Alt + F4, you can exit windows right up to the shutdown command.

But sometimes it’s not so simple. The program may freeze and refuse to close even by the Alt + F4 command. In this case, the next step is Ctrl + Alt + Del, right? But what if this also does not work or if the Task Manager remains hidden by a dangling program window? There is a way, and not one.

The main method. How to force close a program in Windows if it does not respond to Alt + F4

You all probably know him, but you still need to mention him here. If Alt + F4, the next thing to try is to complete the process through the Task Manager. To call it, press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select "Task Manager", or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to call it directly.

Next, right-click the hung program and select "Cancel task."

Make Task Manager on top of all windows

The described method will not help if the hanging program prevents you from seeing the Task Manager, putting in a situation where, it seems, the only way out is to restart the computer. However, to prevent this from happening in the future, you can make the Task Manager appear on top of all windows, even dangling.

To do this, open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), click "Options" and "Above the rest of the windows." Now, if some program arranges a day of disobedience, call the Task Manager and it will certainly appear. In the Task Manager, right-click on the rebel program and click on “Remove Task”.

If Task Manager does not appear, use the command line

If you cannot call the Task Manager, the next step is to call the command line. If possible, open the Start menu, type cmd, then right-click "Command Prompt" and select "Run as Administrator."

Interesting: How to open the command line, read here.

At the command prompt, write tasklist and press Enter.

Using the mouse or the Ctrl + down arrow combination, scroll through the task list in the command window looking for a hung program (the file name will most likely be similar to the program name - for example, if it is Adobe Photoshop, the file will be called Photoshop.exe).

Now enter the command

where "taskname" is the name of the program you want to force close. That is, if you want to close Photoshop, the command will be like this:


If you do not mind installing a tiny third-party program (probably even a team, not a program), SuperF4 will be extremely useful. It creates a new command for the keyboard - Ctrl + Alt + F4, which instantly "kills" the active Windows window, as the Task Manager does (and unlike the Alt + F4 command, which closes windows, rather than forcibly closing programs).

To install SuperF4, download it below, unzip it, then double-click the SuperF4 executable file. Done. Now the command Ctrl + Alt + F4 is always with you.


Another application of SuperF4 - by pressing Win + F4, the cursor turns into a skull with bones, and any active window is closed with one click. This trick works reliably, so don’t mess with it by clicking on unsaved Word documents that you’ve been working on for half a day.


The methods described will help close a dangling program in almost any case. Of course, if you notice that some program hangs more often than others, you can close it every time, but it's worth the time and sorting out what causes problems with this particular program.

We use a computer mouse

This method only works if the program was not open to the full screen and the mouse responds to movement. Follow these steps:

  1. In the upper right corner of the window, click on red cross,
  1. Call the context menu by clicking on the program shortcut in the taskbar. From the drop-down list, click on "Close" or "Output».

If such actions cannot be performed with the mouse, use hotkey set.

Using keyboard shortcut

Key combinations are used when the program (especially games) was opened on the whole screen and it is impossible to influence the situation with the mouse:

  1. ButtonEsc when clicked, closes the current window. When a game freezes, it can call up its control menu,
  1. At the same time to pressalt+F4 - the combination “throws” the user to the main Windows screen,
  2. To call Task Managerwhile holding down three keys Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

In the window that opens, click on the “Applications", Select from the list of running applications the necessary and close it using the"Remove task».

The same can be done using the tab “The processes”, Where also click on the necessary and stop it.

The dispatcher window is called in another way: by a combination Ctrl + Shift +Del.

The task manager almost always copes with the task and successfully closes the hung window.

Process explorer

  • Open the program,
  • at the top of the screen choose necessary process.
  • press the key Delete.

The utility creates a new command for a hot combination Ctrl + Alt + F4which will close windows instantly.

Background program also working with hot keys.

After installation, the utility will work with the system. When you turn on the computer, it will be necessary run manually.

For the program to remember the hot keys, open the menu and click on the tab “Kill hotkey»And choose the first option.

After this combination Ctrl + Alt + F4 will immediately close the program.

All of these methods allow you to close a frozen program without harming the system and computer. After the forced completion, they can be immediately reopened.