How to Close Multiple PC Programs with a Batch File

Closing multiple PC programs with a batch file requires you to know mostly about the command "taskkill". It is not quite hard and you can learn to do it yourself in about 5 minutes!


  1. 1
    Open Notepad or Notepad++. Close all programs except your web browser that contains this page and Notepad or Notepad++.
  2. 2
    Type @echo off and then hit Enter.
  3. 3
    Type cls and then hit Enter.
  4. 4
    Type taskkill /IM your-program-name.your-program-extension /T /F and then hit Enter.
  5. 5
    Repeat this command for as many programs as you want!
  6. 6
    When finished, type exit on the last line and hit Enter.
  7. 7
    Click File > Save As.
    • Change the Save as type to all files in Notepad; in Notepad++ change to batch file.
    • In Notepad, select all of the filename and delete it and replace it with your-preferred-program-name.bat. In Notepad++, you'll see that the extension is already .bat so only change the part before .bat to your preferred program name.
  8. 8
    Select your preferred saving directory at the top and when finished, click Save.
  9. 9
    Check your work by running the batch. Look in the task manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) to see if the program doesn't exist there anymore.
    • If the program does exist, edit your batch program by right clicking at the program and clicking edit. Check that you follow the instructions correctly.
    • If the program doesn't exist, well done! You have completed this how-to!

Sources and Citations

  • Microsoft CMD
  • Microsoft CMD Help
  • Notepad++ Copyright © Don Ho 2015
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