How to Force Quit on Windows 11

How to Force Quit a Programme in Windows 11

Sometimes we face a problem in closing an app or program in Windows 11. This is quite frustrating as the program or app stops responding and it is very difficult to close them. It is a common problem we all have faced at some point in time. Although we click on the X sign the program still doesn’t get close and a popup usually occurs stating that the application isn’t responding. So, if you are also facing trouble shutting down any Windows program or app don’t worry we are here to help you out.

If any of the programs stops responding and doesn’t close even after clicking on X then you can follow other ways to close it. Windows 11 has various other methods which help in closing the malfunctioning app or program. In this article, we are going to guide you about different methods that you can use when you face trouble in closing the app or program in Windows 11. 

How to Force Quit a Programme in Windows 11

Let’s have a look at the best methods to force quit programs in Windows 11.

Methods 1: Use a keyboard shortcut to force quit an app or program

A keyboard shortcut is one of the easiest ways to force-kill programs in Windows 11. If the program or app stops responding when you want to close it you can simply press alt + F4 keys together on the keyboard.

This method works only when your program is in full-screen mode and active when you want to force close it. Wait for a few minutes and let the windows to respond. You can press the shortcut keys twice or thrice but not more than that. If the mouse click doesn’t close the frozen program then follow this method. If this method is also not effective then you can opt for other methods. 

Methods 2: Use the command prompt to close the app

There is a command called taskkill which is used to force quit application or program. Follow the given below steps to execute this method.

  • Go to the search icon on the taskbar and type cmd and then click on Run as administrator.
  • When the user account control (UAC) prompts appear click on yes
  • When the Administrator Command Prompt window appears, type in the following command: Tasklist 
  • After that press enter key. It will display a list of programs and processes running on your system. 
  • Scroll through the list and search for the program you want to force quit. 
  • Next, in the console type the following command and hit the enter key:

 Taskkill / im ProgramName.exe /t /f

  • In the program name of the typed command, you should type the actual name of the program. 
  • Or you can kill a program through its PID or Process ID. 
  • The processID of a program is given next to its name on the tasklist
  • When you get the PID of a program enter the following command:

  Taskkill / PID ProcessID / t / f

  • You need to type the actual PID number in place of ProcessID in the above command. 

Methods 3: Use task manager to force quit an app or program in Windows 11

  • Head to the start icon and right-click on it. From the given options choose task manager from the menu. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + shift + ESC keys on the keyboard to open the task manager window.
  • Once the task manager window appears click on the processes option.
  • Right-click on the app or process which is causing an error and click on the end task option from the menu.
  • You can also choose the unresponsive application or program and click on the end task option from the top of the task manager.
  • By following these steps the process or app that is stuck or frozen will end and this will close the unresponsive application.
  • Re-launch the application or program to see if it works or not.

Methods 4: Go to the settings on Windows to force quit an app or program

  • Go to the start icon and click on the Windows key and then click on settings.
  • When the settings window appears click on the apps which is given in the left pane of the window.
  • Then click on the installed apps option on the right side of the window. Now in the search bar, you can type the name of the troublesome application or program.
  • Click on the three-dot button given next to the troublesome application now you need to select advanced options.
  • Now click on terminate. This will simply close the unresponsive app in Windows 11.


At various points of time windows, 11 users may face errors when any application or program becomes unresponsive and when we try to close the program it does not respond. In that situation, you can follow the given method to close the unresponsive application and program.

All these methods help to force the quit program in Windows 11. However, if any of the methods don’t help you then the last option is to reboot the whole system.

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Ayushi Jain

Ayushi Jain is a technical writer at Windowsradar. She's been writing software guides, and troubleshooting articles for about 4 years now and has covered many detailed topics. She is a tech geek who loves to write about different OS like Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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