Create Shortcut to Kill All Not Responding Programs on the Fly in Windows

"This program is not responding" is a very common error message which you get in Windows. Many times we find a program not responding and we have to perform an End Task operation on it using Task Manager.

Wouldn't it be great if we have a shortcut on Desktop or in Taskbar which can automatically kill all not responding programs upon execution? Just double-click on the shortcut and it'll End Task/kill all not responding programs.

Today we'll tell you how to create a simple shortcut which kills all not responding programs automatically so you don't need to open Task Manager and select the program and perform End Task on it.

Following are the simple steps to follow:

1. Right-click on Desktop and select "New -> Shortcut":


2. It'll launch "Create Shortcut" wizard. Now enter following string in location box:


NOTE: If you are using Windows 10, do not use /F parameter in the above mentioned command. Using the taskkill command with /F parameter in Windows 10 causes a critical error and Start Menu and Cortana stop working and you are asked to sign out to fix the issue. So in Windows 10 use following command instead:


3. After entering the location, click on "Next" button. Now type Kill Not Responding Tasks in name box and click on "Finish" button. It'll create a new shortcut on Desktop.

4. Now its time to change the icon. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon" button. Type explorer.exe in text box and press Enter. Select desired icon, click on OK button and then Apply the changes.

5. That's it. You'll get the desired shortcut on Desktop:


NOTE: If you don't want to create the shortcut manually and want a ready-made shortcut, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get the shortcut:

Download Shortcut

PS: You can also pin this shortcut to Taskbar if you are using Windows 7. Either drag-n-drop the shortcut to Taskbar or right-click on the shortcut and select "Pin to Taskbar" option.

Also check:

Add "Kill Not Responding Tasks" Option in Desktop Context Menu in Windows

Restarter: Restart Explorer, Uxsms Service and Kill Not Responding Tasks in Windows


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  • not coool ,what if i have black screen then how do i double click on the shortcut ?

  • Thank you very much, works perfectly! Now I never have to open up the TaskMan to search for those fuc****** programs which hang up my windows.

  • @gigi

    Its easy: Just right click the short cut, properties and set up a hot key (if this works at black screens or fullscreen I havent testet) or if you are using a keyboard with a 3rd party driver (gaming keyboard for example) you can just assign the created shortcut to a macro key.

  • Just wondering if you know of a way to change the Microsoft wording from Not Responding to something else. My app frequently sends queries out to Access, they could run for 5 minutes. during that time the screen gets Not Responding, the users panic, click on the screen which then turns white, they panic more and do an end task. Thanks in advance.

  • VG

    ^^ I cant remember but the dialog box resources should be present in Shell32.dll file most probably.

  • tooo gooood awesome!!!
    simple n clean....

  • VG,
    I think that John might have been inquiring about the (Not Responding) which appears up top in the Title bar of the program window in question, not in a dialog box. It is disconcerting to read Not Responding, not knowing whether the app is coming back or is it stuck there, and as he says, many users see it and panic thinking that it will not come back, time and time again. and then comes the call to IT as if the world were coming to an end.

    Being able to change it to something like (Hey, give it about 5 minutes...) would probably help John a lot with his users if Access (or his app) is what most often "not responds".

    Thanks for all the very useful articles and respective downloadable scripts you post. Priceless!!!

  • Hi, can u kill specific program if not responding?

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