How to Close Unresponsive Chromebook Apps
Have a frozen app that’s locking up your Chromebook? If you were on Windows, you’d probably press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and use the Task Manager to close it down. But how do you close apps on your Chromebook?
Thankfully, it’s not difficult to force-close apps on your Chromebook. We’ll show you a few ways to close apps on Chrome OS that every user should know.
Force-Quit Chromebook Apps Using the Task Manager
If a browser tab or app on your Chromebook hangs for several seconds, chances are that it’s frozen. To kill that process, you’ll need to open Chrome’s built-in Task Manager.
To open the Task Manager on your Chromebook, perform the following steps:
- Open the Chrome browser (if it’s not already) and select the three-dot Menu in the upper-right corner. On the resulting list, choose More tools > Task manager.
- Alternatively, you can press the Search + Escape keyboard shortcut to open it from anywhere.
- Chrome’s Task Manager will open. This shows every process running on your Chromebook.
- Browse the list of processes to find the tab or app that’s stuck.
- If you can’t find it, click the headers at the top to sort by alphabetical order, memory usage, or other factors. Frozen tabs often use more memory or CPU than normal, which can help you locate them.
- Once you find the problematic app, click to select it, then hit the End process button to force-quit it.
Doing this will instantly kill any Chrome tab or app that’s hanging. You’ll lose any unsaved work, so if you were in the middle of something, you may want to wait a few minutes to see if the page responds normally before doing this.
How to Close an App on a Chromebook Normally
Of course, you don’t need to force-close apps on your Chromebook all the time. Usually, you can close them without force-killing the process so they shut down cleanly.
The standard way to exit a Chromebook app is simple: just click the X icon at the top-right of the app window. If you don’t want to do that, you can also right-click the app’s icon on the shelf at the bottom of the screen and choose Close.
To close apps on your Chromebook even faster, try keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl + W will close the current browser tab. To close the entire window that’s in focus, use Shift + Ctrl + W. Learn more of these in our Chromebook keyboard shortcuts guide .
How to Quit All Apps on Your Chromebook
Since Chrome OS is quite stable, you shouldn’t have many problems with unresponsive apps. However, you might occasionally have an issue where the entire system locks up and you can’t get anything to respond.
In those cases, you should restart your Chromebook. To do this, simply press and hold the Power button at the top-right of your keyboard for a few seconds. Once it powers off, you can hold the same button again to turn it back on.
Close Chromebook Apps When Needed
Hopefully, you only have Chromebook app issues once in a while. If the problems become more frequent, you may have a poorly-coded app or extension installed. Try removing apps from your system and see if the problem subsides.
Otherwise, it may be time for a new machine. Check out our guide to the best Chromebooks if you’re in the market for a replacement.
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