Killing Your Non-responsive Programs Immediately

Posted by Suraj Kayastha in Articles, Windows Tips, Windows Hacks

Today I am going to show you a simple trick to kill the non-responsive programs that you often use.

I often encounter with non-responsive task in firefox when I open multiple tabs and one of them gives error in the web script or unresponsive script. This finally makes my firefox to stop responding. Same happens some time with most of the heavy programs like Autodesk Maya, Photoshop and After effects.

Pressing CTRL+ ALT+DELETE and choosing to kill the task may take several time. Especially it may take time to load taskmanager when you have more than two non-responsive windows.

At that situation I simply use the following command:


It is actually a MS-DOS command to kill the task.

How to use it?
It can be easily accessed from Run window.

Go to Start> Run

taskkill /f /im programname.exe

/f parameter refers to force the taskkill.
/im parameter refers to kill the other linking tasks that may be causing problem.

When you type the command and press OK button, it will load a MS-DOS window and fade out promptly and in no time you’ll see your non-responsive window being closed.

For example,

For non-responsive photshop:

Taskkill /f /im photoshop.exe

For non-responsive firefox:

Taskkill /f /im firefox.exe

Hope this trick was helpful.