Sometimes a program will stop responding (such as Internet Explorer), while you have work open in other programs. The Windows Task Manager lets you choose a specific program to end, while leaving other programs alone.
To use the Windows Task Manager:
- Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete while logged in
- Click on Task Manager
- In the window that appears, click on the Applications tab near the top
- A list of running (and not responding) programs appears – click on the program you want to end
- Click on End Task at the bottom of the window
Note that ending a program this way will not save any changes, just stop the program from running.
The Task Manager has more tabs (Processes, Performance, Networking) that provides quite a lot of “under the hood” computer information if you are interested.