How to kill htop if I can't use F10?

I use htop in a terminal but I can’t close it with F10. F10 seems to just open a program’s File dialog. Is there a way to disable it so I can close htop normally?

Asked By: Pithikos


You always can have the interupt signal keys Ctrl+c.

Basically Ctrl+c sends the SIGINT (interrupt) signal, ; by default, this causes the process to terminate.

Just like top, htop can be quit by pressing Q.


The SIGINT signal is sent to a process by its controlling
terminal when a user wishes to interrupt the process. This is
typically initiated by pressing Control-C, but on some systems, the
"delete" character or "break" key can be used

Answered By: Maythux

TL;DR The standard way to quit htop is F10 or q.

Therefore if you can’t use F10, use q (lowercase).

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Answered By: A.B.

If you are using gnome-terminal, yes, you can disable that the F10 key opens the menu:

Open gnome-terminal’s menu with F10 or with the mouse and go to Preferences. In the General section and disable the Enable the menu accelerator key (F10 by default) option.

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Answered By: elmicha

All sorts of other options apart from q.

  • Open another terminal and kill it from there.
  • Kill it from the System Monitor task list.
  • Close the terminal window.

These assume a desktop environment.

Also for servers…

  • Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or F6/F7) and log in again to kill.
  • Connect again (Telnet/SSH) and kill.

And finally – it is open source, patch it.

Answered By: mckenzm

If you’re interested in making F10 (and other shortucts) available in general to terminal applications and you’re using XFCE terminal, go to
Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Shortcuts
and check the appropriate boxes to disable the keys. I have them all checked so that Emacs (m-f) and htop (F10) will work.

Answered By: Liam