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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Tip #9: “My GUI Is Hung, and I’m Stuck!”

One quick solution to this problem is the key combination Ctrl+Alt+ Backspace. If this doesn’t do the trick, your system is in really bad shape! Try to switch to a virtual terminal by using Ctrl+Alt+F5. If this key combination also does nothing, you need to reboot the machine.

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