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Should an application become unresponsive on your Chromebook, you can either wait to see if it responds or forcefully close it with the Chrome OS Task Manager. Here’s what to do if you need to kill an unresponsive app.

How to Close Unresponsive Apps

While unresponsive apps aren’t all that common on Chrome OS in the first place, the OS isn’t immune to the issue. And with more types of apps available on Chrome OS than any other operating system out there—web apps, Android apps, and Linux apps—that creates more of an opportunity for something to go wrong. If you find yourself in that situation, here’s how to handle it.

Fire up Chrome, click the menu button, then click on More Tools > Task Manager, or press Search+Esc anywhere while using your Chromebook.

Click the More icon, then More Tools, then again on Task Manager, or press Search + Esc, to open Task Manager

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When the Task Manager opens, you’ll see that every currently-running app, extension, tab, and process on your Chromebook is listed. Here is where you’re able to see a process’ digital footprint and manually close anything on your Chromebook with the simple click of a button.

Locate the unresponsive process, click on it, and then click on “End Process.”

Click the unresponsive app, then click on End Process to kill the app

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