How to force close a frozen program in Windows 11

Learn how to force close a frozen program that is not responding in Windows 11 with this step-by-step tutorial.

Keyboard shortcut

The easiest and quickest way to force close a frozen program is with the Alt + F4 keyboard shortcut.

1. Make sure the window of the program you want to close is open.

2. Press the Alt + F4 keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

Force close a frozen program using a keyboard shortcut

Task Manager

1. Press the Windows Windows key + X keys on your keyboard simultaneously or right-click on the Windows start menu button.

2. Click on Task Manager.

Open Windows 11 Task Manager using the WinX menu

You can also open Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc (Escape) keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

3. If the “User Account Control” window appears, you click Yes.

4. In the “Processes” section, you right-click on the unresponsive program you want to close.

5. Click on End task.

Force close a frozen program using Task Manager