Updated: 03/12/2022 by Computer Hope

Stop may refer to any of the following:

Stop sign

1. In general, stop refers to canceling the loading process of a program. Stop is often represented by a red octagon or red circle with an "x" in the middle, and may be an icon or button.


Pressing Esc as something is loading (e.g., a web page loading) stops the loading process.


To stop a program in Windows, use Task Manager.

2. When referring to a symbol or a button, a stop is a solid square that stops an audio or video from playing.

3. Linux command, see the stop command page for further information about this command.

4. The stop button found in older Internet browsers is used to halt the loading of a web page.


If a browser, like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, does not have a stop button, you can press the Esc key to stop a page from loading.

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