How to Force Close an Unresponsive Tab in Chrome

Dan Price 14-09-2017

So, you have an unresponsive tab in Chrome. If you’re a tab junkie, that could be quite a disaster. It’ll bug you until you reboot the entire browser, and could potentially be drawing valuable system resources away from the other 462 tabs you have open.


Luckily, there’s a solution — both for your tab addiction (we’ve covered some excellent third-party tab managers The 10 Best Extensions for Chrome Tab Management If you’re a multi-tasker, you love tabs. Maybe a little too much. Here are 10 extensions that will help you deal with the tab overload. Read More elsewhere on the site) and for that pesky unresponsive window. Keep reading to learn how to force close an unresponsive tab in Chrome.

Identify the Unresponsive Tab

Before proceeding, make sure the tab truly is frozen and not just loading. Can you click on anything on the page? Are any onscreen graphics still moving? What happens if you refresh the page? Can you click on the Close Tab icon?

If nothing is working, make a note of the tab’s title. You’ll need it in a moment.

How to Force Close an Unresponsive Tab

To force the tab to close, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window.
  2. Open Task Manager by heading to More Tools > Task Manager. You’ll see a list of all the processes Chrome is running. It includes both tabs and extensions.
  3. Scroll down until you find the tab that’s giving you problems.
  4. Click on the tab’s line to highlight it.
  5. Click End Process in the lower right-hand corner of the Task Manager.

How to Force Close an Unresponsive Tab in Chrome chrome task manager


That’s it! Chrome will now override the unresponsive app and kill it. Within seconds, it’ll be removed from your screen.

Did you find the instructions easy to follow? Do you know of a better way to kill unresponsive tabs? As always, you can reach out with your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.

Related topics: Google Chrome, Tab Management, Troubleshooting.

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  1. Nan
    November 8, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    What if that doesn't work? I successfully ended the process for six tabs (the entire window is unresponsive), but still can't close the window.

  2. PJD
    September 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

    This works in Opera, too, but the "Show Developer tools" option must be selected first, THEN the task manager is available under "developer" on the menu. Or click Shift-Esc.

  3. Jorge Dávalos
    September 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Wow this came to me like a glove; I had been going through this in the last few days and what I had to do was close the whole Browser... Thank you so much for showing the solution, I hope it works next time!