Do not turn the computer off by the power button. This can cause more serious problems. Use that only as a LAST resort. Instead, hold down the ctrl, alt and delete keys to open the Windows Security window. Click on the Task Manager button. In the Task Manager window that opens, select the "Applications" tab. You will see a list of all the programs you currently have open. Often, the one that is giving you problems will have a status of "Not Responding" instead of "Running".
Select the program you are having difficulties with and then select the button labeled "End Task". You may get window that says "The program is not responding". If you do, select "End Now". Give the computer a minute or so to end the program. Once the program closes, you'll want to restart your computer properly.
Only after exhausting all other options should you press your computers power button as doing so can corrupt system files and create further issues with your PC.
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Article submitted by Jon Brennan