When the computer crashes, there are several ways to close «frozen» programs to restore the PC to working. Users often open the task manager in Windows, but you can configure shortcuts to close apps more quickly. The trick saves time and prevents the PC from having to expend more memory to open an extra process before getting rid of a problematic application. Here are two ways to close a program without having to press Ctrl + Alt + Del to access the Microsoft system active process panel.
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Step 1. Right-click on an empty area of the desktop and select the “New> Shortcut” option;
Create a new desktop shortcut – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Type the following command in the highlighted field and click “Next”;
taskkill / f / fi «status eq not responding»
Create a shortcut to end locked programs – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 3. From there, just double-click the shortcut whenever a program is stuck. The command is configured to end only processes with a status of “Not responding”.
Double-click the shortcut to end a frozen program – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
To make the task even easier, it is possible to create a keyboard shortcut to launch the command without the need for a mouse.
Step 1. Tick the shortcut with the right mouse button and access the properties;
Access the shortcut properties – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Step 2. In the “Hotkey” field, type a key combination to quickly execute the command. In the example, we use Ctrl + Alt + F. Another option is to select the “Minimized” option to avoid always opening the prompt window when running the task killer. Press «Ok» to finish.
Add a keyboard command to close locked programs – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
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