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Is there any way to kill or force closed a particular hanging window or hanging application by selecting it with some hotkey? Similar to Ctrl+Alt+Esc and select window in Ubuntu?

(I may be misremembering the exact key shortcut used in Ubuntu; I just remember some key combination does that.)

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Ctrl+Shift+ESC to show Task Manager, on the Processes tab, right-click the offending process and choose "End Process"

Personally I replace Task Manager with Process Explorer (from sysinternals), better list navigation and you can use the Del key to kill a process.

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Task Manager accepts the Del key too. – grawity Nov 5 '09 at 15:33
I think downvote for 'Task Manager', it sucks but upvote for Process Explorer; it's full of win. So, you just get this comment. :-). – briealeida Nov 6 '09 at 10:41
How do I know which of those process is my window? – Colonel Panic Apr 2 '13 at 15:01

Alt-F4 or click the close button. If the app doesn't respond within a few seconds, Windows XP (and probably everything after that) will show a dialog where you can kill it.

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You can also use tskill.exe from run menu or command prompt.

TSKILL processid | processname [/SERVER:servername] [/ID:sessionid | /A] [/V]

  processid           Process ID for the process to be terminated.
  processname         Process name to be terminated.
  /SERVER:servername  Server containing processID (default is current).
                         /ID or /A must be specified when using processname
                         and /SERVER
  /ID:sessionid       End process running under the specified session.
  /A                  End process running under ALL sessions.
  /V                  Display information about actions being performed.
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This answer is more to the point. :-). – briealeida Nov 6 '09 at 10:40
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Found this utility xkill and modified one here. It might help some people who needs it like me:)

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