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How to close blocked apps in Windows 10 and 11

Closing blocked applications in Windows 10 and Windows 11 is a very simple process, and very useful, since it can not only save us a lot of time, but also it may end up getting us out of a bind. To understand it better, just give a simple example. Imagine that you are working on a text, and you decide to open an application in the background, but that application is blocked and does not allow you to close it. You also can’t save the text you were working on, so you risk losing your latest progress.

Forcing the closure of blocked applications in Windows 10 and Windows 11 can help us solve problems of this type, and get out of really tricky situations, since we will avoid having to do a reset of the equipment so that this return to normality, and we will not lose the data or the work that we were doing with other applications that work correctly.

To close blocked applications in Windows 10 or Windows 11, we just have to follow these steps:

  • We press the «control», «alt» and «delete» keys at the same time.
  • We enter the «Task Manager«.
  • In the “Processes” tab, we look for the application that is giving us problems. Normally this appears differentiated with a “No answer”.
  • We right click on it, and choose the option «End task».
  • Depending on each application, we may see a pop-up window with other indications, but the most normal thing is that it closes immediately, or after a few seconds.

If the application does not close and we need to save our work in another application, we can try to switch to said application pressing «Alt» and «Tab» at the same time. It is a very useful solution that, in certain cases, can end up being a very valuable resource.

In case you resort to this last solution, and you do not know how to turn off the PC in a normal way, because the blocked application continues to bother you, do not worry, you can press “control”, “alt” and “delete” again and click on the on / off button that will appear in the lower right corner to shut down the PC safely.

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