How to Close Unresponsive Chromebook Apps

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Have a frozen app that’s locking up your Chromebook? Thankfully, it’s not difficult to close it and move on. This is one of the basic skills that every Chromebook owner should know 20 Tips Every First-Time Chromebook User Should Know 20 Tips Every First-Time Chromebook User Should Know Chromebooks are great, but come with a learning curve, and take some getting used to if you've switched from macOS or Windows. Here are several Chromebook tips and tricks to speed up that process. Read More .

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Thanks to Chrome’s built-in task manager, it’s easy to force close any misbehaving processes:

  1. Open the Chrome browser and select the three-dot Menu in the upper-right corner. Choose More tools > Task manager. Or just press the Shift + Escape shortcut.
  2. Chrome’s Task Manager will open. Browse the list of processes to find the tab or app that’s stuck.
  3. Click the problematic app, and then hit the End process button to close it.

This will instantly kill any Chrome tab or app that’s hanging. You can click one of the headers, such as Memory, to sort from most resources used to least. If an app is frozen, it will likely be near the top of the list.

Thankfully, Chrome OS is quite stable so you shouldn’t have many problems with unresponsive apps. If you often do, check out our tips for keeping your Chromebook speedy 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down Has your Chromebook crawled to a halt? Is your Chromebook slow to load pages? Is your Chromebook slowing down generally? Time to speed up Chrome again. Read More . Laggy apps could mean that your Chromebook is getting old, or maybe you have a bad extension installed.

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What apps freeze up on your Chromebook? How often do they hang? Tell us your experiences in the comments!

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  1. Jim Livingston
    August 31, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    This also works in Opera. Click Menu then click Developer then highlight the process then click End Process.