Exit is a command or option used to close a program or file. The method of exiting from a program or file varies depending on the computer or program used.
Pictured is an example of a file menu in Microsoft Excel and an Exit option to close the program. To exit most Windows and GUI (graphical user interface) programs, select "Exit" or "Close" from the file menu. Alternatively, click the close button in the top-right or top-left corner of the program window.
How to exit a program
Exit is synonymous with "close" for full information on how to close (exit) a program, see our close page.
How to exit a command
If you're at a command line and want to exit or stop a running command use the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut.