Close Running Programs with Task Manager
Windows 7, as with previous versions, has a built-in utility you can use to view and close all running programs/processes. This utility, called Task Manager, will also allow you many more options.
You are able to close processes (called End Process), view Services, set the Priority of the running app, set Affinity (the ability to define CPU use), and other settings.
Use one of the following set of instructions to open Task Manager.
Open Task Manager via Start Menu
- Open the Start menu, either by clicking the Start button/orb on your Taskbar with your mouse, or pressing the Start menu button on your keyboard
- Type taskmgr and press the Enter/Return key
Open Task Manager from The Taskbar
- Find an open area on your Taskbar…
- Right-click on the Taskbar and select Start Task Manager
Once open, you can view running applications, processes, and services. In addition, the Task Manager can also provide you a brief view of the performance segments of your computer, such as RAM, CPU, and networking.