Most people who use Windows have likely experienced an unresponsive program. When a program becomes unresponsive, you can wait while Windows attempts to identify and correct the problem.

Alternatively, you can use Windows Task Manager to manually end the program. The downside of ending a program this way is that your unsaved changes will be lost — for example, any unsaved changes in a Word document would be lost.

To end an unresponsive program using Task Manager:

  1. Right click the Taskbar and click Task Manager.
  2. Click the Applications tab.
  3. Select the program that is not responding and click End Task.