How to Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11

If you run into a situation on where apps simply won’t close? Here’s how to force close apps on Windows 11.

Apps typically perform well without issues on Windows 11; however, they can freeze up or get stuck for various reasons. For example, a buggy Windows update or a shoddy internet connection can cause it to freeze.

Luckily, you can use several methods to force close unresponsive apps on Windows 11. Here’s how.

Force Close Apps on Windows 11 by Keyboard Shortcut

You can force close an app, including closing the app with a keyboard shortcut, using the task manager or the PowerShell terminal.

To force close an app using a keyboard shortcut on Windows 11:

  1. Tap the unresponsive app’s title bar.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11
  2. With the unresponsive app in focus, press the Alt + F4 keyboard combo to force close the app.
    Note: The app should close, and you won’t receive any other notifications. Also, depending on your keyboard, you can use the Alt + Fn + F4 keyboard combo.

How to Use Task Manager to Close Apps on Windows 11

If the keyboard shortcut method shown above doesn’t work, or you want to use a different method, use the task manager.

To use task manager to force close unresponsive apps on Windows 11:

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Task Manager from the menu.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11
  2. Select the Processes option, right-click the app or process causing issues, and click End task from the menu.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11
  3. You can also click the unresponsive app and select the End task option from the top of task manager.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11

The process or app that’s stuck and frozen should end, and the app will close on the desktop. After that, you can launch the app again and see if it works.

How to Force Close Unresponsive Apps via Settings on Windows 11:

Another method you can use to force close an app on Windows 11 is using the Settings app.

To close a frozen app on Windows 11 via Settings:

  1. Click on the Start button or press the Windows key and launch Settings.Start Settings Windows 11
  2. Click on Apps in the left panel and select Installed apps option on the right.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11
  3. Type the name of the troublesome app in the search field. Click the three-dot button next to it and choose Advanced options.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11
  4. Scroll down near the bottom and click the Terminate When you click the Terminate button, you won’t see a notification; the app will simply be closed.Force Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 11

How to Force Close Apps via PowerShell on Windows 11

In addition to the options above, you can force close apps via the PowerShell terminal. This is a good option if you enjoy working with the command line.

The same steps will work for the newer Windows Terminal, too.

To force close unresponsive apps via PowerShell:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for PowerShell and select the Run as administrator option on the powershell as admin
  3. Run the following command and press Enter:

  4. A long list of apps and processes will display on the PowerShell screen. Run the following command and hit Enter.
    Stop-Process -Name ProcessName

The “Process name” in the above command is the app’s name as it appears on the previous screen. So, for example, here I want to end VLC, so the command will read:

Stop-Process -Name vlc

Troubleshooting Windows 11 Apps

Getting the most from your apps on Windows 11 is essential, but sometimes they act up. If an app freezes up or becomes unresponsive, using one of the solutions above will get you up and going. After you force close unresponsive apps on Windows 11, you can relaunch them and hope they work. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to do further troubleshooting.

Windows offloads rarely used Microsoft Store apps if you enable the archive apps feature. It helps save bandwidth and system resources. Also, if you want specific apps at the ready, learn how to launch apps during Windows 11 startup.

If you no longer need an app or want to save some drive space, check out how to uninstall apps. And if you use the Start menu for apps, check out this trick to find apps by the first letter. It’s important to note you can install Android apps on Windows 11 too.

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