How to end a process quickly with Task Manager in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the Task Manager app has a number useful features. It can manage startup apps now and calculate their impact on startup performance. You can also see app history and copy process details quickly with it. In the "More details" mode, Task Manager has two tabs, Processes and Details, to control running apps. Today, I would like to share with you a very simple trick to kill a running app quickly.


To kill an app, you have to select it on the Processes tab. After that, you need to click the End task button. There is also a keyboard shortcut for this. Select the app and press DEL on the keyboard. The selected application will be closed.

How to end a process quickly with Task Manager in Windows 10

End Task from the Processes tab works usually if the app is still responsive. However if the app has stopped responding, crashed or frozen, then End task may not exit it instantaneously. Windows will try to create a dump first so you can analyze what caused the app to crash or hang. It will end the task after that. To terminate a hung app faster, use the End task button on the Details tab.Windows 10 end process
This used to be called End process in the classic Task Manager, and it terminate the process without creating a dump. If you are not sure of which process to select on the Details tab, then from the Processes tab, right click the hung app and click "Go to details". This will take you to the Details tab and automatically select the process of the hung app.Windows 10 go to detailsWindows 10 end task
Here also, you can also use the DEL key on the keyboard to terminate the process. Another difference between End task on the Processes tab and on the Details tab in the Windows 10 Task Manager is that the Processes tab shows no confirmation and straightaway sends the command to close the app. The End task button on the Details tab shows a confirmation before forcibly killing the process.

That's it.

Support us

Winaero greatly relies on your support. You can help the site keep bringing you interesting and useful content and software by using these options:

If you like this article, please share it using the buttons below. It won't take a lot from you, but it will help us grow. Thanks for your support!


Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “How to end a process quickly with Task Manager in Windows 10”

  1. The Task Manager in Windows 10 disables the Status column of the Processes tab by default for some reason but it can be manually enabled by ticking “Status” in the context menu of any column header.

    Like on Windows 8, you have to enable “Show suspended status” in View > Status values to get “Suspended” in the Status column for WinRT apps (it doesn’t apply to Win32 apps).

  2. When I have an application crash in Windows 10, I try to end the process in task manager and it never works (unlike win7). The mouse cursor is always invisible, and there is no way to select a process or get to end task. I surfed around and enabled “always on top” on task manager, but it still doesn’t solve the disappearing mouse pointer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Using Telegram? Subscribe to the blog channel!
Hello. Add your message here.