How To Close All Windows and Programs Quickly

We are often troubled with programs that cannot be closed because our computers hang or because of other indicators that trigger a program not to be able to be closed. We want to close all windows programs opened so the Windows will normally run again. There are many ways we can do to conquer the problem, and one of them is to stop the program forcefully.

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Closing Programs Through Task Manager

The first method that is used by a lot of Windows users is to close programs through task manager.

To open task manager, you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard. Another way to open this application is to do a right-click on your taskbar and choose Task Manager. Afterward, you can look for the programs or applications you want to end forcefully. Then, do a right-click on that application and choose “End Task.”

Closing Programs Through Powershell

Windows PowerShell is used to command programs and is a command line interface (CLI). Another function of this application is forcefully stopping applications that are running. To use it, you should do the following steps:

  • First, open Run by pressing Windows+R.
  • After that, type in ‘powershell’ before you press Enter on your keyboard.
  • To know what programs are currently running, type in ‘get-process’ on the top part next to the name of your user. The names of the programs that are running will then show under the column entitled ProcessName.
  • Type in ‘kill- processname (name of the program you want to stop forcefully),’ and then press Enter. For example, if you want to stop the Opera program, then the command line will be ‘kill -processname opera,’ and you will press Enter afterward.
  • Another command that can be used is ‘stop-process (name of the program you want to forcefully stop)’, and you press Enter after typing in the command line as well.

Closing Programs Through Command Prompt

The command prompt is a Windows program that can be used to interpret DOS commands. You can run the command prompt to stop running programs forcefully.

  • First of all, open Run by pressing Windows+R and then type in ‘cmd’ to open the command prompt application.
  • After that, press Enter.
  • In the cmd window, type in ‘tasklist’ to see the programs that are running on your computer.
  • Use the ‘taskkill /im (name of the program you want to stop forcefully)’ command. For example, if you want to stop the Sticky Notes program forcefully, then the command used will be ‘taskkill /im stikynot.exe.’
  • A reply with ‘SUCCESS’ written on it means that the program has successfully been stopped.

Closing All Windows and Programs Using A Shortcut

Sometimes, your computer together with its programs may be running just fine, but you still want to close all windows and programs quickly.

  • To do this, make sure all windows and programs are already minimized.
  • Then, press Alt+F4.
  • You will see your windows and programs closing one by one, but you should continue pressing down the keys until you see a dialog that says “Shut Down Windows.”
  • If you are sure that all of the windows and programs you previously had opened have been closed, then you can go ahead and press Enter.

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