Have you ever had a program or webpage that suddenly hung up and did not respond to keystrokes or mouse clicks? We all have and Windows has a way of ending programs and services that do not respond. The bad news is that whenever you close a program that becomes unresponsive you’ll lose whatever data you entered since the last successful save. However, the program must be terminated so you can get on with your work. Here’s how:
- Right-click the Windows Taskbar and select Start Task Manager or press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Start Task Manager. Either of these actions will open the Windows Task Manager.
- Click the Applications tab. The program that is hanging up will show “Not Responding” in the status column.
- Select the program and click the End Task button. Sometimes, you may have to click the End Task button again. If this doesn’t work, then right-click the hung program entry and click Go To Process in the resulting pop-up box. Click End Process.
The non-responding program is now terminated.