Add A Force Quit Button To Ubuntu

There are lots of ways to kill a non-responsive Linux application from the terminal. If you'd rather just click a button or two to kick malfunctioning programs to the curb, you can add a "Force Quit" option to your desktop panels.

At the How-To Geek's main home away from Lifehacker, Linux geek Trevor points out a tool you can add to the top or bottom panels in Ubuntu — but, presumably, in other GNOME-based Linux desktops as well. The "Force Quit" button does mostly the same thing as a killall x command, but you'll get a crosshair pointer to pinpoint the app that's not responding. Click it and that app should shut down. It obviously won't fly with non-graphical applications, but for most apps on a personal installation, Force Quit can make for a nice aggravation-saver.

A full step-by-step guide, with screenshots, is available at the full How-To Geek post.

Force Quit an Unresponsive Graphical Application in Ubuntu [How-To Geek]


Comments

    Its handy to know that the equivalent to Task manager in Ubuntu is Gnome's system monitor, which can be found under System > Administration.

    The funny thing is, the only programs that have become unresponsive for me since i've moved to Ubuntu are VLC from a poorly encoded video, and Firefox from flash.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now