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Shutting down a program without rebooting computer

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Posted: 8 Nov 2004

Q:
A program of mine won't shut down when I want it to, how do I shut the program down without rebooting my computer??

A:
With windows, when you find yourself in this situation, most of the time the only answer is "reboot". With Linux, this isn't necessary 99% of the time. One of the beauties of Linux is its ability to truly multi task. This means each program running within Linux has its own space independent of the other programs running. When one stalls, the others usually keep going. So, what do you do if one of your programs gives you an attitude? You "kill" it!

If you're using KDE, you've got it easy. Simply press ?ALT-CTRL-ESC? and a little skull and crossbones will appear as your cursor. Put the cursor over the halted program window and click. BAM! It disappears and no longer a nuisance.

If you're in Gnome here's what you do:

  • Right Click
  • Choose "Add to Panel" > Actions
  • and select the option: Force Quit
  • Click on the window you want closed.

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