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Chapter 6. Installing and Running Programs > Killing Unresponsive Programs

Killing Unresponsive Programs

Programs that crash/freeze/lock up/hang are said to be “not responding” in Microsoft vernacular; you can move the pointer within the program’s window, but the program itself won’t respond to clicks or keystrokes. If you’re coming from Windows 9x, you’ll be glad to hear that an unresponsive program rarely forces you to restart your computer. Instead, use Task Manager (inherited from Windows 2000) to send the frozen program to its grave.

✓ Tip

  • Before you kill a program, make sure that it’s really not responding. Wait a minute or two; Windows may be struggling to allocate extra memory. If you’re running a Visual Basic macro in Word or Excel, the program may appear frozen while VB has control. Global reformatting or a find-and-replace operation can keep a word processor hypnotized for minutes. An open dialog box may prevent you from doing anything else in the program; look for one hiding behind another window.



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