How To Force Quit Powerpoint

If you’ve ever been working on a PowerPoint presentation and the program locks up or freezes, you know how frustrating it can be. Unfortunately, applications freezing or becoming unresponsive is a common problem. But fear not, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, or Linux, there are simple methods you can use to force quit PowerPoint and recover your work.

Force Quit PowerPoint on Windows

The easiest way to force quit PowerPoint on Windows is through the Task Manager. Here are the steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del keys simultaneously.
  2. Select Task Manager from the available options.
  3. In the Task Manager, scroll down to find PowerPoint (it should be listed as ‘Microsoft PowerPoint’).
  4. Click on PowerPoint and then click on the End Task button at the bottom of the window.
Ctrl + Alt + Del => Task Manager => Find PowerPoint => End Task

This method will force PowerPoint to close, potentially losing any unsaved work. So always remember to save your progress regularly.

Force Quit PowerPoint on Mac

If you’re a Mac user, you can force quit PowerPoint using one of several methods. The simplest is through the Apple Menu:

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Select Force Quit from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Microsoft PowerPoint from the list of running applications.
  4. Click on the Force Quit button to close PowerPoint.
Apple logo => Force Quit => Find PowerPoint => Force Quit

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + Esc, select PowerPoint from the list, and then click on Force Quit.

Force Quit PowerPoint on Linux

If you’re using Linux, you can force quit PowerPoint by using the xkill command in the terminal. Here are the steps:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Type xkill and press enter.
  3. Your cursor will turn into a cross. Click on the unresponsive PowerPoint window to force quit it.
Open Terminal => Type 'xkill' => Click on PowerPoint window

Please be cautious when using the xkill command. Any unsaved work will be lost.


While it’s never fun to have a program freeze on you, knowing how to force quit PowerPoint can save you a lot of frustration. Remember, these methods should be used as a last resort. Always save your work regularly to avoid losing any progress.