Why Spotify won't exit if you hit the close button

Martin Brinkmann
May 27, 2013
Music and Video

I have been running Spotify on one of my Windows systems for a while now, mostly for testing purposes using a free guest account since I do not listen to enough music per month to justify paying for a streaming music service.

The Spotify client has one annoying behavior: it won't quit when I hit the close icon of its window, use Alt-F4, or right-click on its taskbar entry and select close window.

The only apparent option to exit Spotify completely is to right-click the software's taskbar icon and use the Quit Spotify option that is displayed here.

This is not really intuitive and requires too many clicks in my opinion. Are there ways to close the Spotify client faster? You bet they are, and I have them all for your.

Before I do, it is probably a good idea to find out why Spotify makes it more difficult than it should to close the client. There is no official confirmation for this, but since Spotify uses P2P technologies to power some of its streams, it relies on users keeping the client open. Even if you pay for Spotify, your computer is being used to upload data to other Spotify users.

You can use a bandwidth monitor to check how much upload bandwidth Spotify is using on your system.

Pro Tip: If you believe that Spotify is using too much upload bandwidth, try limiting the bandwidth that the client can use.

Closing Spotify

1. From within the client

One of the easier ways to close down Spotify completely is to use the File menu on top and select Exit there. You can use the keyboard shortcut Alt-F, then X for that to terminate Spotify completely on your system.

2. Using the system tray

spotify exit

Right-click on the client's system tray icon and select the exit option from the menu here. You can also disable the taskbar icon here if you want by checking "hide from taskbar when closed". This minimizes the Spotify software to the system tray when you click on the close or minimize buttons in the program window.

3. Command line magic

terminate spotify

You can use taskkill.exe to terminate the Spotify process. The command to do so is c:\windows\system32\taskkill.exe /f /im spotify.exe. I have uploaded a bat file for you that you can add to your desktop or to another location. To close Spotify, simply click on it to do so.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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