Close Programs Using Task Manager in Windows 7
Edited by Lukward Thomason, Crystal, Eng
Welcome to VisiHow. This is a tutorial on how to close programs using the Task Manager.
There are many ways to open the Task Manager, but the easiest way is to right-click on the taskbar and click "Start Task Manager".
Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously on the keyboard.
Once the window opens, there will be a list of open applications in the applications tab. There are a lot more applications in the "Processes" tab. For this example, the Paint application will be opened to demonstrate how to close an application using the Task Manager.
In the Task Manager, look for the application you wish to close.
Click the application, then click "End Task". It is that easy. There is also another way to close an application in the Task Manager.
Right-click on the program and click "Go To Process". This will show the processes tab. There are many processes, so be warned that if any process that is necessary for the Operating System is disabled, it's possible that it could cause damage to the computer or the Operating System. Do this as a last resort and only close the programs that you are sure about.
In this list, "mspaint.exe" is highlighted and it is definitely Microsoft Paint, so to terminate it, click it and then click "End Process".
The system will ask if you really want to end the process; click "End process".
The process has ended. If everything is complete, close the Task Manager and continue using the computer.
This concludes the tutorial on how to terminate programs using the Task Manager on a Windows 7 computer. Thank you for watching VisiHow. If you have any other comments or questions, please leave them in the comment section below.
Video: Close Programs Using Task Manager in Windows 7
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