How do I force close an application ?

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How do I force close an application ?

Post by SirFalcon » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:07 pm

If a program stops responding how do I close it out? In Windows I would open the task manager and end task. What is the solution in Mint 14 MATE 64?

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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by abnvolk » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:16 pm

You can use System Monitor - right-click the process - Kill Process.
Faster way: Open a terminal, use the command "xkill" then click on the window of the program you want to end.

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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by w201 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:51 pm

abnvolk wrote: Faster way: Open a terminal, use the command "xkill" then click on the window of the program you want to end.
Awesome! Just learned a new command. :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by thegreatgazoo » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:13 pm

Even faster than opening a terminal to run xkill, press "alt+F2" to bring up the run command box. Enter xkill and press enter.

Be careful though, if you click on your desktop instead of a window, you can inadvertantly kill your window manager.

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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by Gaius » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:41 pm

Yet faster: press Strg+Alt+Esc ... this will turn your mouse pointer into 'skull and crossbones'.
Now click on the window you want to terminate and it'll be 'xkill-ed'.
If you change your mind or just want to test the function, right-click anywhere, and the mouse pointer will return to normal.

This way of doing it has the advantage of being easy to remember especially for (former) Windows users, since it's pretty similar to the Strg+Alt+Del used to activate the Task Manager.

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G.

Edit / P.S.: I'm using KDE, so I'm not sure whether this will work with any DE; if it does not, you can always set up a custom keyboard shortcut.
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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by TheDynamicHamza21 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:02 am

thegreatgazoo wrote:Even faster than opening a terminal to run xkill, press "alt+F2" to bring up the run command box. Enter xkill and press enter.

Be careful though, if you click on your desktop instead of a window, you can inadvertantly kill your window manager.

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Make sure you type the name after xkill such as killing caja you would type in xkill caja or killall caja.
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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by abnvolk » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:17 am

No, you don't need to type anything after xkill, but for killall you'll have. :)

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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by TheDynamicHamza21 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:50 am

abnvolk wrote:No, you don't need to type anything after xkill, but for killall you'll have. :)

really? Good to know.
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Re: How do I force close an application ?

Post by Detonate » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:50 am

Even easier, add a panel object named "Force Quit" to your panel.

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