How To Force Close Without Task Manager

It’s safe to say that most of us have had the experience of our computer programs crashing. We click, but nothing happens other than “Not Responding” on our screens. Unresponsive programs are all too common and can lead to unproductive time and frustration.

The usual solution is to force close the program using the Task Manager. But there are other ways to force an unresponsive program to quit or close. In this article, we will explore other options without relying on the task manager.

How to force quit on Windows without Task Manager

There are a few ways to force close a stuck program or window. If you’ve tried to close it with the Task Manager but failed, we have a few suggestions for achieving this goal. Techniques range from using an alternative to Task Manager or running commands. Our last suggestion is to restart your PC, but this is not always the best method. Read on for more information.

Try using ALT + F4

As an alternative to using the Task Manager to end a program, you can try holding down the “ALT” key and the F4 function key at the same time. “ALT + F4” sends a polite request to close a program and gives the program time to respond. It uses the Windows function “WM_CLOSE”, a request to close the current window. The program may not terminate immediately, so give the command before trying another option.

Use the Taskkill command

Another alternative to using the Task Manager to close an unresponsive program is the Taskkill command. It’s easier to set it up as a shortcut to avoid having to run the Taskkill command through the command line window every time you want to use it. Follow these steps to learn how:

  1. Right-click on your desktop, select “New” and then “Shortcut.”
  2. Type this command into the window:
    taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”
  3. Give the shortcut a name and press “Finish”.
  4. Save the shortcut to your desktop for easy access.

Restart your computer

While not the best solution, restarting your computer will close any stuck programs. However, you need to unplug the power to your computer if your whole screen is frozen and you can’t get to the restart function.

If you can’t get to the restart option, unplug the power supply and wait a few minutes before plugging it back in and restarting your computer. It is important to note that your changes will not be saved if you reboot to end unresponsive programs.

Quit Outlook without Task Manager

Occasionally, Outlook can crash and become unresponsive, leading to a frustrating experience. However, there are ways to force close the program if the Task Manager is down or was unsuccessful. You can restart your computer, but you may want to save that as a last resort. Try one of the methods below before restarting your computer.

The shortcut ALT + F4

One way to force close Outlook is to press “ALT + F4” at the same time. This is a softer alternative to force quitting with Task Manager. The command “ALT + F4” uses the request of the Windows function “WM_CLOSE”, giving the hung program time to close. You need to wait a while as this method is not instantaneous.

Try the Taskkill command

The Taskkill command is usually run through the command line window, but there is a more efficient way to do it. You can more easily access the command as a desktop shortcut. It saves a lot of time as it eliminates the need to open the command line window when you need to close a program. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Right click on your desktop and select “New” and “Shortcut”.
  2. Type the following command:
    taskkill /f /fi “status eq not responding”
  3. Name the shortcut, click “Finish” and save it to your desktop.

Any programs that are frozen and not responding will be force closed. You can also run the Taskkill command directly from the command line window and close only one program. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open the “Command Prompt”.
  2. Type in “tasklist” to see all running processes on your computer.
  3. Under “Image Name,” find the name of the program you want to force close.
  4. Once you have the name of the program, type “taskkill /IM outlook.exe”.
  5. Press the “Enter” key.

This command is a passive request to close Outlook. If this method doesn’t work, you can change the request by changing the “/F” argument to tell Taskkill to force close the program. The forced close command looks like “taskkill /IM outlook.exe /f”.

How to close Valorant without Task Manager

If your Valorant game has crashed completely, restarting your computer is not recommended, although it is an option. Some gamers have reported that their game crashes the first time they play it, so this is not an uncommon occurrence. Here’s how to safely close Valorant and what to do after it closes.

  1. Hold down the “ALT + F4” keys at the same time.
  2. Once the game is closed, restart your computer.
  3. After rebooting, right-click on the Valorant icon and choose “Run as administrator”.

After using the shortcut, many gamers have reported that launching Valorant as an administrator after a reboot has successfully resolved game crashes.

Close Excel without Task Manager

Microsoft Excel is a powerful program, but many users have experienced that it freezes more often than other programs. Unfortunately, the task manager is sometimes ineffective in force-closing it.

As explained in this article, you can try using the “ALT + F4” method to force close Excel. You can also restart your computer if that method doesn’t work. Keep in mind that any changes you made to your spreadsheet will be lost before you turned off your computer. A restart should only be used after you have exhausted other methods.

If Excel continues to crash and become unresponsive, it may be a good idea to try repairing the Microsoft Office bundle. To do this, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the “Start” button and search for “Control Panel”.
  2. Choose “Programs” and then “Uninstall a program”.
  3. Right-click on “Microsoft Office” and select “Change”.
  4. Tap “Quick Repair” and then “Repair”.

After the repair is complete, try launching Excel again to see if the program still crashes. This repair method can solve the problem that Excel spreadsheets often stop responding.

Task Manager isn’t the only way to force close a frozen program

We’ve all had the bad experience of a crashing program. This unfortunate occurrence is usually rectified by using the task manager, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Restarting your computer is always an option, or you can use “ALT + F4” or Taskkill methods. Saving the Taskkill command as a desktop shortcut is a very effective alternative to using the Task Manager.

Have you had to force close a program without using the Task Manager? Have you used the methods discussed in this article? Let us know in the comments below.

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