Let us say that you have a Program or a Game open in the full-screen always-on-top mode, where even your Taskbar is not visible and the application freezes and you find yourself in a position where there is seemingly nothing you can do excepting restarting your Windows 11/10 computer. What can you do?
Force quit a Full-Screen Always-On-Top Program
Here’s how you can force terminate a hung or not-responding full-screen always-on-top application or game. Since you do not have access to the Taskbar, you will have to follow these suggestions to kill the frozen application:
- Use Alt+F4 keys
- Use Ctrl+Shift+Esc and then Alt+O
- Use a free tool.
1] Use Alt+F4 keys
First, click on the frozen application you want to close and then press the Alt+F4 keys together and leave them after the application closes. Does this help?
2] Use Ctrl+Shift+Esc and then Alt+O
To force quit a Full-Screen Always-On-Top Program in Windows 10:
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch the Task Manager.
- Now although the Task Manager opens it will be covered by the always-on-top full-screen program.
- Next press Alt+O to open the Options menu.
- Finally, press Enter to select Always on Top.
- When you do this, the Task Manager will get the preference to stay on the top.
- You will now be able to use it to kill the process or application by right-clicking on the process and selecting End task.
If your Task Manager is set to open in the Compact Mode, press More details to open it in Details Mode.
3] Use a free tool
If this does not work for you, you can use a free tool to forcefully terminate a full-screen application or game.
This post will show you how to force close a Program that Task Manager cannot terminate.