How to Shut Down a Running Program

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Shutting down a running program will free up available system resources on your computer. Shut down a running program with help from an expert in information systems, programming languages, web development, and network security in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Luke, and this is "how to shut down a running program." When you're done using a program to free up system resources, you may wanna shut it down. There's two methods for doing this, one of which is simple, and all you need to do is go to the program that's running and click the X, in the top right corner. However, sometimes, programs may become unresponsive or might take over your machine and won't let you do anything. To shut down these non-responsive programs, what you're going to do is hit control, hold it, hit alt, hold it down, and then press delete. This will bring up a screen where you'll have a few different options. What you're going to do is scroll down to the start task manager option, and left-click on it. This will bring up what's known as the task manager. There are tabs at the top. Make sure that you are on the tab that says applications. This shows all the applications that are running, as well as their status. If they say running, they're in good shape. If they say not responsive, it means that they're not responding to the X. So, all you do is highlight the application, or program, and then click end task. Windows will often ask for confirmation, but in this case, it didn't. And, that's it!

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