To end a process with Task Manager

On the Processes tab, click the process that you want to end, and then click End Process.


Be careful when ending a process. If you end an application, you will lose unsaved data. If you end a system service, some part of the system might not function properly.


To end a process and all processes directly or indirectly created by it, on the Process tab, right-click the process you want to end, and then click End Process Tree.

If you end the process tree for an e-mail program such as Microsoft Outlook, for example, you will also end related processes such as mapisp32.exe, the MAPI spooler.

Related Topics

Sort the list of processes

Process counter column headings

View your computer's performance

Change display options in Task Manager

Change the priority of a running program

Assign a process to a processor

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