When top is run in interactive (non-logging) mode, it is possible to control the output of top, as well as interactively send signals to processes.
top command options
You need to just press q (small letter q) to quit or exit from top session.
Alternatively, you could simply use the traditional interrupt key ^C (press CTRL+C) when you're done with top command.
To display help just press ?
Related media (Video) - Exit from top command
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(Video 01: How to exit from top command)
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