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How do I kill a program that hung with an always-on-top fullscreen window?

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Has this ever happened to you? You're hard at work blasting zombies being super-productive with a program that has an always-on-top fullscreen window. And then the program hangs. How can you get to Task Manager so you can kill the hung program?

One way to do this is to launch Task Manager and use keyboard accelerators to get it to be always-on-top:

  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and say that you want to run Task Manager. Task Manager will run, but it's covered by the always-on-top fullscreen window.
  • Whenever you need to see Task Manager, use Alt+Tab to select Task Manager and hold the Alt for a few seconds. This will give you a preview of Task Manager so you can see what state it is in. You can't interact with it, but you can at least see it.
  • If Task Manager is in compact mode, then press Alt+D to get out of compact mode into details mode. If you're the sort of person who likes to open Task Manager a lot, you are probably already in details mode.
  • Type Alt+O followed by Alt+D to enable Always on Top.

You now have an always-on-top Task Manager, and you can now use it to select the hung program and terminate it.

But here's a shortcut: Use virtual desktops.

  • Press Win+Tab to call up the switcher.
  • Click the + to create a new virtual desktop. This gives you a clean desktop with nothing on it. In particular, the hung application is not on this desktop.
  • Run Task Manager on this new virtual desktop and use it to terminate the hung program.
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alexjurkiewicz
151 days ago
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useful advice for buggy games
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Future of Medicine

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Hovertext: We'll have a patch out in two to forty weeks.


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alexjurkiewicz
827 days ago
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Doctors vs Engineers
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rugsville
822 days ago
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nice
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Michdevilish
827 days ago
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conducting becoming
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mxm23
827 days ago
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I agree. Engineers will fix things. It may take a few tries though! :-)
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mburch42
827 days ago
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@Mary

Upside-Down Map

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Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland.
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920 days ago
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Alt: "Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland."
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lyssandcrossbones
918 days ago
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I love crazy maps so hard.
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PromWTX
920 days ago
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Test
jtgrimes
920 days ago
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I really want to play Risk on this map.
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Covarr
920 days ago
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Heh, this one reads like a Clickhole article.
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fancycwabs
920 days ago
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The folks in Vancouver and Seattle taking a ferry over to Cuba is distinctly unfair.
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sjk
920 days ago
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ZOMG! Imagine the "Global Climate Change" (tm)! The cold places are warm. The warm places are cold. Polar bears swimming in equatorial waters! The stone heads of Easter Island pointing the opposite direction!
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alt_text_bot
921 days ago
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Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland.
tomazed
921 days ago
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I love how Japan is so close to spain and that UK must now fear for Kim Jong Un nuclear alert :p
bobbymhr
921 days ago
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What happens to the undersea cables!
jtgrimes
920 days ago
They become such a tangled mess that they are indistinguishable from the cables under my desk.

New Products

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If you ever hear "Wait, is that Kim Dotcom's new project? I'm really excited about it and already signed up, although I'm a little nervous about whether everyone should hand over control of their medical...", it's time to dig a bunker in your backyard.
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alexjurkiewicz
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Alt: If you ever hear "Wait, is that Kim Dotcom's new project? I'm really excited about it and already signed up, although I'm a little nervous about whether everyone should hand over control of their medical...", it's time to dig a bunker in your backyard.
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Aissen
928 days ago
Hey ! If you're interested in alt text you might want to follow alt_text_bot: http://alt_text_bot.newsblur.com/ . Otherwise with a long press in the Android and iOS apps you can see the alt text!
jessaustin
927 days ago
Yes please keep this alt noise out of the comment sections
samuel
927 days ago
I don't mind it, though. I can either hover or take a look at the inevitable alt text comment.
alexjurkiewicz
927 days ago
thanks boss
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cheerfulscreech
926 days ago
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Scary accurate.
ktgeek
927 days ago
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100% truth
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alt_text_bot
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If you ever hear "Wait, is that Kim Dotcom's new project? I'm really excited about it and already signed up, although I'm a little nervous about whether everyone should hand over control of their medical...", it's time to dig a bunker in your backyard.

Spare the Sponges

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JV: What do you live with John?

John: Well my lovely wife has a sponge...I don’t want to call it a fetish but...when she goes to the grocery store she brings back a dozen or more sponges each time. You know the thin ones that are in the pack? There’s a green, a red, a yellow and a blue.

JV: Mm.

John: So she’ll bring bunches of those home and store them underneath the sink. That’s fine, but she has a different purpose she wants me to use each one for and she has a chart above the sink to tell me which items I’m allowed to clean up with which sponge. She’s laminated it.

JV: Wow. There’s a laminated chart referring to ‘red sponge = kitchen bench.’

John: Well, yeah. Red sponge = benches and tables.

JV: That does seem extreme to me.

John: Kitchen floors is blue.

JV: Yeah.

John: Hands and face is yellow.

JV: Gee. How long do these sponges last? Are they changed every week?

John: Well, I’ll use them two, three, maybe eight times and she’ll do the opposite. She’ll see there’s a bit of discolouration, throw it out, and there’s a brand new one. Especially with the green, which is bathroom surfaces. They don’t last long at all.

JV: And have you tried to talk about the overuse of sponge? The pressure on the sponge population of the world?

John: Well that’s it! I think we’re using more than our share, in this age of share it round, because you can’t donate them y’know? No one will take the ones you’ve used.

JV: I think we’re just talking landfill. Do they degrade quickly? I don’t know.

John: That’s a good point. And what are you actually throwing in landfill with them? What’s caught up in all that sponge that I would normally have just rinsed out?

JV: How much trouble do you get into when you use wrong sponge on wrong surface?

John: (laughs) A short, sharp look. It’s a stern one.

JV: Oh, I hate that look.

John: And maybe an uh-uh-uh-uh!

JV: Oh you get the uh-uh-uh!

John: It’ll stop you in your tracks and then you’ll slowly put that one down. Step away from the yellow sponge and grab the red one.

JV: Wow. John, are there children subjected to this regime?

John: Well, yes, but they get a little bit of leeway. As they get older they’re going to be under the same regime as I am and I don’t see why not, if I have to do it.

JV: Exactly. It’ll be one of the first things that they learn. I’m hoping at show and tell they’ll take the full range of sponges in.

John: And a copy of the chart! Which I’m about to post on your Facebook.
JV:If you would. Thank you.


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alexjurkiewicz
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My favourite blog
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