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How to End a Process with the Task Manager

The Task Manager provides detailed information about computer performance and running applications, processes and CPU usage, commit charge and memory information, network activity and statistics, logged-in users, and system services.

You can use the Task Manager to end a process.

To open the Task Manager, do one of the following:

  • right-click the taskbar and then click Task Manager

task manager

– or –

  • on the keyboard, press CTRL+ALT+DEL or CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

The Task Manager opens with the Processes tab. 

With the window displayed, select a process you want to end and click the End Process button.

End process

Note: Be careful when ending a process. If you close a program, you lose unsaved data. If you end a system service, some part of the system might not function properly.

end process tree

If you want to end a process and all processes which are created by it, on the Processes tab, right-click the process you want to end, and then click End Process Tree.