There are many ways to close apps and programs in Windows, and some are faster and more convenient than others.
You will probably want to close an application or program in Windows once you are done using it or if it is not responding normally. In any case, closing an application or program in Windows is easy, as it should be.
Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 offer several ways to close apps and programs. We’ve covered them all for you below.
1. Close an app or program with the X button
Using the X button is the most popular way to close apps and programs in Windows. If you’ve been using Windows for a while, this is probably the first method that comes to mind.
Just hover your mouse over the top right corner of the app you want to close and click the X button.
A lesser known method of closing apps and programs in Windows is through the title bar menu.
Right-click on the title bar of the application window and select To close from the context menu that appears. You can also press Alt + space bar to access the title bar menu, and then press the C. on your keyboard to close the application window.
3. Close an application or program from the taskbar
You may be using the taskbar to keep an eye on your active apps and programs in Windows. But did you know that you can also close apps and programs from there? We’ll show you how.
- Hover your mouse cursor over the application icon on the taskbar.
- Once you see the preview of the active window, click the red x in the upper right corner of the preview to close the app.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the application icon on the taskbar and select the Close the window resulting menu option. If there are multiple instances of an app, select close all windows.
4. Close an app or program from the task launcher
The task switcher is a useful Windows feature that allows you to switch between open windows. This is how you can use it to close apps and programs in Windows.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Tab together on your keyboard to access Task Switcher in Windows.
- Locate the app you want to close and click the button X icon in the upper right corner of your preview to close it.
If you love this method, be sure to check out how to customize the task switcher in Windows.
5. Close an application or program with the keyboard shortcut Alt + F4
You can also use the Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut to close an application or program in Windows. To do so, switch to the app or program you want to close and touch Alt+F4 together on the keyboard to close it.
Do you like to use keyboard shortcuts in Windows? See how you can assign keyboard shortcuts to programs in Windows to open apps quickly.
6. Close an app or program via Task Manager
If you’re having trouble closing an application because it’s not responding, you can use Task Manager to force close it. Here are the steps for the same.
- Right-click the Start icon or press Win + X to open the Power User menu and select Task Manager of the list. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc together on your keyboard to open Task Manager quickly.
- In it processes tab, find the app or program you want to close. Right click on it and select Final task from the context menu that appears.
Using the Task Manager is not the only way to force close applications in Windows. You can also use the task command or a dedicated 3rd party app for that. For more information on this topic, check out our guide on how to force quit a program in Windows without Task Manager.
7. Close an app or program via Command Prompt or PowerShell
Not a fan of the GUI? No problem. You can also use the command prompt or Windows PowerShell to close an app or program in Windows. Don’t worry, the process is not as complicated as it seems and only requires you to run a couple of commands. This is how you can do it.
- Press win + S to open the search menu.
- Writes Symbol of the system either shell power in the search menu and press Get into.
- Writes things to do in the console and press Get into to view a list of running applications and processes.
- To close an application or program, type the following command and press Get into. Be sure to replace program name with the actual name of the application you want to close.
taskkill /im ProgramName.exe /t /f
After running the above command, you should see a message that your application has been terminated. If you already know the name of your application or program, you can close it by running a single command mentioned in the last step.
8. Close an application from Windows settings
The last method of closing apps involves using the Settings app in Windows. It may not be as fast as the other methods on this list, but it can certainly come in handy when an application stops responding in Windows.
To close an app using the Settings app, follow these steps.
- Open the Start menu and click the gear icon to launch the Settings app. Alternatively, you can press win + me to launch the Settings app faster.
- Use the left panel to navigate to Applications.
- select installed applications from the right pane.
- Scroll down or use the search tool to locate the app you want to close.
- Click on the three dot menu next to the application and select Advanced Options.
- Scroll down to click on the End up button.
Once you complete the above steps, Windows will immediately end all processes related to the application. It’s worth noting that this method will only work for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.
The many ways to close an application or program in Windows
As we have just seen, there are numerous methods to close an application or program in Windows. Whether you use the keyboard shortcut or the command line method, closing an application in Windows is quick and simple.
Don’t worry if you close some apps by accident. You can easily reopen recently closed apps with a third-party program like ReOpen or UndoClose.