Have you ever noticed how your applications get frozen in the middle of something important and it annoys the hell out of you? Yes, you can always use the common keys of Del+Alt+Ctrl to force quit the app on Windows, but what if you are using other devices like Android gadgets, iPads, or iPhones? You should remember that all operating systems have their own force quit systems. Naturally, different devices use different methods, so the Del+Alt+Ctrl won’t be working for iPad or MacBook, for instance. Don’t worry; shutting them forcibly and then re-launch them won’t create any damages – as long as you do it right.
On iPad and iPhone
If you want to force quit the apps on iPads and iPhones, you need to press the Home button twice so you can access the recently opened apps list. Scroll and swipe to left and right to see which app you want to close. You only need to touch the thumbnail and then slide it off your screen. When you re-open the app, it should restart from the very beginning.
However, this method won’t do any good to save the system resources. You don’t necessarily do this just because you don’t use the app anymore and you want to close it. This method works the best for frozen or stuck app. By shutting it forcibly, you make it restart from the beginning again.
On Android Devices
Recent app switcher is pretty handy to force quit a stuck app. Simply click on the multitasking button so you can see the recently accessed app list. Different devices require different handle; it is possible that you have to press the Home button for quite a while – provided that there is no recent apps button available.
When you see the apps cards or thumbnails, touch it and remove it off your screen. This action will automatically make the app close, and when you re-open it, it will start from the very beginning.
Be careful, though, not to force quit your devices very often. Never do it unless it is very necessary. If you force quit your devices very often, it may damage them. Let your device manage everything naturally. This is another reason why an automatic task killer isn’t advised.
On Windows Devices
Simply make use of the Task Manager. Instead of using the Del+Alt+Ctrl command, you can simply use Escape+Shft+Ctrl command. If you are using a mouse, point it to the taskbar, right click on the mouse, and choose the provided shortcut for the Task Manager.
The Task Manager in Windows 8 has a better display and design, but the one on Windows 7 is pretty handy too. Just choose the apps you want to forcibly quit and then choose the End Task button. If you are using Windows 8, you can force quit the Store Apps. Simply place your finger on the top side of your screen and then move it downward – the app should be in a form of a thumbnail. Then move the thumbnail to the bottom part of your screen. Release it once the thumbnail turns to generic tile image. The action will automatically close the Store Apps.
On Mac OS X
When you use Option+Command+Escape key, a Force Quit Application window will be opened. Another alternative is to go to the menu bar, choose the Apple menu, and choose Force Quit option.
You can press the Option key and then right click on the app’s icon located on the dock, and then click the Force Quit button. In case you need stronger and more powerful tool, you need to open ActivityMonitor program, where you can see the background process as well as enabling you to kill them.
On Linux Devices
The great thing about Linux is the fact that it has its own tools to force quit the apps. Each desktop environment has its own tool. You can see Activity Monitor for GNOME based and Ubuntu’s Unity desktops, for instance. Feel free to use xkill command where you can click a window and simply kill it in an instant. Hey, it’s Linux, so there are other commands to choose for efficient action.
On Chrome OS
It is basically using the Chrome Task Manager. You only need to go to Menu, choose MoreTools, and click on Task Manager. If you are using Chromebook, you can simply use Esc+Shift command. There are some processes available and click on End Process button. This action is quite handy for other processes, such as extensions, web pages, and also apps – especially if you are running Chrome for your Linux, Mac, or Windows devices.
There is another powerful solution, where Linus and Mac OS X have the terminal commands for the process management while Windows has its own PowerShell cmdlets to immediately kill the process. You can find quit force apps buttons located on Settings menu or third party programs on Android devices.