How to Close Unresponsive Apps on Windows 10

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to close apps not responding on Windows 10 desktop PC, laptop or tablet. There are two ways to close unresponsive applications on Windows 10. You can force close apps not responding from the Settings app or the Task Manager.


On Windows 10, like any operating system, apps stop working or starts crashing unexpectedly from time to time. This could be due to several reasons, such as poorly designed app, outdated version that is incompatible with the new Windows OS, hardware or software issues, or other reasons. When this happens, you’ll see a “Not responding” message in the app’s title bar after which the app will simply remain stuck in an unresponsive state.

In previous Windows versions, this could be resolved by terminating the app in the Task Manager. But less technical users had issues using extra steps required to perform app closure through the Task Manager. So keeping this mind, Microsoft brought in an all new Settings app that houses all essential system settings in a simple interface and clear instructions. You can now terminate apps within the app settings page.

In the following tutorial, we will show how to quickly close an app when it’s not responding no Windows 10 using the Task Manager and the Settings app.

How to Close an App Not Responding on Windows 10 using Task Manager

In the case of an app not responding on your Windows 10 device, you can use the Task Manager to terminate the app manually.

1 – First off, right-click the taskbar.

2 – Select Task Manger. Or use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut to quickly open the Task Manager.

3 – On the following window, select the app that isn’t responding.

4 – Click the End task button.

5 – All done.

Once closed, you can relaunch the affected application. You should be able to use it without issues this time around.

How To Close an App Not Responding on Windows 10 using Settings

If you’re experiencing issues running an app downloaded from the Windows Store, here is how you can quickly close the app and its processes using the Settings app.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Click on Apps.

3 – Click on Apps & features.

4 – Select the app that is not responding and click the Advanced options link.

5 – Click the Terminate button.

6 – All done.

Once the process is complete, the troubling app will be closed along with its related processes in the background. You can now restart the app, which should work this time without issues.

Another quick way to access a particular app’s settings page is right-clicking the app Live Tile from the Start menu, select More, and click App settings from the drop-down menu.

If none of the above methods work, try to close an app that is not working by making sure that the app’s window is selected and press the Alt + F4 keyboard shortcut.

The new app force close option in the Settings app is available in the Windows 10 version 1803 (Redstone 4), which will be released sometime in 2018. So if you don’t see the option in Settings, this means your device is running an older version.


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