This is a quick tip on how to obliterate processes that are running in the background on a Windows machine.
In my case, I was working on a project which, when it ended abruptly, didn’t clean up an Excel session that was running in the background. There was no fortuitous time to do this so ultimately, I found myself zipping through the Task Manager processes, then right-clicking on the process, before ending it. Not a huge problem, but there is a much quicker way using a simple PowerShell command, but don’t blink, because here it is:
Stop-Process -ProcessName "*Excel*"
Place this inside a .ps1 file and change whatever process you want to end within the quotes. As you can see, wildcards are permitted which is great, but do be careful.
User:1 Process: 0
Written by Stephen Moon
email: stephen at logicalmoon.com