How to End a Task Using Windows 10’s Task Manager

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If you need to force a frozen or a buggy app to close in Windows 10, you can complete a task easily using built-in Windows Task manager utility. Here’s how to do it.

First, open task manager. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager” from the context menu. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it, or press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select “Task Manager” from the screen that appears.

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If Task Manager opens in simple mode and the name of the task you want to complete is displayed, simply select the name of the application from the list and click the “End Task” button.

Warning: If you complete a task without saving your work first, you may lose data. It is best to close the application normally, if possible.

The task will end. If the task is not listed in simple mode or if you want to take a closer look at what’s going on first, click on the “More details” button.

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After expanding the Task Manager to view more details, you will see a list of processes (programs running on your computer) with information about the quantity CPU, Memory, disk activity and the network bandwidth they are using.

From the list of processes, select the task you want to force quit, then click the “End task” button in the lower right corner of the window.

Warning: You may lose unsaved work in an application if you complete the task without saving your work. Additionally, you can use this window to complete important operating system tasks. If you do, Windows may behave in unusual ways until you restart it.

After that, the program will close. If you frequently stop the task of a particularly troublesome application, consider update the application or Windows itself, both of which can fix an underlying bug that caused the problem. Good luck!

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