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Quitting programs sounds like the easiest thing in the world. But sometimes the programs get stubborn and don't want to stop - or you have to end the program using the keyboard because the mouse doesn't work. Then our tips will help.

Do you just want to quit and close a program? There are several ways to do this in Windows.

  • Click in the program File - Exit.
  • Hold the button [Old] and then press the button [F4].

Attention: If no program is open or if the corresponding program has not been brought to the foreground, the dialog for closing Windows appears. In this case, press the once [Esc]Key on the top left of your keyboard. Then click once on the blue upper edge of the program window and try again [Alt - F4]

  • Click once with the left mouse button on the red, white cross at the top right of the program window. (In older Windows versions, a black cross appears on a gray background.)
  • Right-click the program icon in the system tray at the bottom of the screen. Then click on Shut down.

The following applies in all variants: If there are still files to be saved, the program reports and you can decide with a click of the mouse whether the data that has not yet been saved should be saved.

Quit crashed programs

When an application stops responding, you have to stop it "the hard way". In Windows 7 you have two basic options:

Right-click the program icon in the system tray and choose Close the window. Windows now sends the program the information that it should be closed.

A crashed program will not respond to this. This is why this message appears after a few seconds

Confirm this by clicking on close the program.

Abort via the task manager

The first method does not work for particularly stubbornly greased applications. Then call the task manager via [Ctrl + Shift + Esc] on.

Identify the program by the names in the first column. You may first click on the column heading to sort the list according to this field.

Mark the line with the troublemaker and click on End process.

Windows: Close the program from the taskbar and exit

To exit a program in Windows, you can also do the following:

  1. Simply right-click the program icon at the bottom of the window bar.
  2. Click on in the context menu Shut down.

This ends the program. By the way, you can also close windows this way.