How To Force Close Without Task Manager

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete – Brings up the Windows Security screen where you can open Task Manager to force close programs.
  • Alt + F4 – Closes the active window/program. Note this doesn’t work for unresponsive programs.

Use PowerShell

  • Open the PowerShell command prompt.
  • Use the Stop-Process cmdlet to force close a process by its name or PID. Stop-Process -Name chrome Stop-Process -Id 12345

Use Command Prompt

  • Open the Command Prompt.
  • Use the taskkill command to force close a process by name or PID. taskkill /F /IM chrome.exe taskkill /PID 12345 /F

Use Windows Run Dialog

  • Press Windows + R to open the run dialog.
  • Enter taskkill /F /IM processname.exe to force close a process.

Other Methods

  • Use a third party program like Process Hacker to terminate processes.
  • Restart the computer if you can’t use Task Manager at all.