Updated: 04/12/2021 by Computer Hope

Abort is a term used to describe the termination of a computer process or command. For example, you could press Alt+F4 to abort a program that stopped responding.


Alt+F4 is also used to close a program, so if you were to press that shortcut key now, it would close your browser.


When at a command line or when running a script, Ctrl+C can abort a command, program, or script stuck in a loop.

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