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Tech Tip for Writers #22: Quick Exit from 97% of Programs

tech tipsTech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: My child has a program on the computer and I can’t figure out how to get out of it. There’s no File-exit, no menu. What do I do.

A: Try the old standby from Windows earliest days–Alt+F4. It works on almost all programs. I use it on the kindergarten programs in my lab all the time.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


4 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #22: Quick Exit from 97% of Programs

  1. I had a similar problem a few days ago. A program just got stuck on my screen and wouldn’t go away. I did ctrl-alt-del, went to the applications tab, selected the program that was giving me problems, right clicked and chose ‘go to process’. Whatever was highlighted I then ended.

    Not sure if it was the healthiest thing to do, but your method sounds much quicker 🙂


    • Another great solution. Most people get into that ‘process’ list and glaze over. Kuddos to you.

      Nothing unhealthy about doing it that way, unless you close ‘explorer’ when you meant to close ‘internet explorer’. Then all h*** breaks lose (I know; I’ve done it)


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