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?


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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  • Note that this is a lower-case q, not a capital one.
    – Lekensteyn
    Jul 1 '15 at 15:38

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

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    If you exit htop with Ctrl+C (SIGINT), htop will exit with a failure status (status code 1) and will not save any settings (like the sort column, etc.).
    – Léo Lam
    Jul 2 '15 at 12:13

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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    This is not a gnome-terminal issue. F10 seems to do the same annoying thing for any program and there doesn't even seem to be a shortcut registered in the Gnome shortcut settings :(
    – Pithikos
    Jul 2 '15 at 10:55
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    Solution worked for me. As of Ubuntu 18.04 setting was in Edit > Preferences > General Apr 3 '20 at 13:37

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.


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.

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