General Open Task Manager in Windows 11

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Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you open Task Manager, you select (Alt+D) to show More details or Fewer details.

This tutorial will show you how to open Task Manager in Windows 11.

TabDescription
ProcessesThe Processes tab is shown by default when the Task Manager is launched. It’s the place where you can manage running apps and services, and also monitor high-level performance stats.

On the Processes tab, there are two primary components of the UI: Running processes (left side) and the heat map (right side). In the Task Manager, running processes are sorted by apps, non-Windows background processes, and Windows processes. Apps are sorted out at the top, making it easy to find, monitor, and manage apps without having to scan all processes and scroll through many items as you had to in prior versions of Task Manager.

The heat map (shown in varying shades of yellow and orange above) is a visualization of the resource utilization for processes which makes it easy to pinpoint where high resource utilization is taking place.

The heat map is color-coded with low resource utilization shown in pale yellow, with darker shades of yellow and orange representing progressively greater resource utilization. If resource utilization has reached a critical level, the value will be shown with a red background.
PerformanceIn the Performance tab, you can also double click/tap on the left or right side to switch to summary view. To return to normal view, just double click/tap anywhere in the small footprint mode window.

On the left-hand side of the performance view live mini-graph views are shown for each performance metric, and on the right-hand side you see a detail graph for the selected metric. Each performance category has a unique information view at the bottom that shows relevant statistics for the performance category currently selected. One of the great enhancements in these graph views is how the bounds of the graphs are dynamically scaled to current utilization.
App historyThe App History tab shows historical resource utilization metrics for apps. By default, the view shows only Windows Store App resource utilization.

While on the app history tab, you can go to Options (menu bar) and click/tap on Show history for all processes to see historical resource utilization for all apps.
StartupIn the startup tab, you can see a summary of startup performance, and tune startup behavior all in one place.

You can activate more columns by right clicking the column header that are not shown by default including startup type, disk I/O at startup, CPU at startup, running now, disabled time, and command line.
UsersIn the users tab, you can manage user accounts that are currently signed in, see what processes users are running, and what percentage of system resources they are using.
DetailsThe Details tab displays information about the processes that are running on the PC. A process can be an application that you start or subsystems and services that are managed by Windows.
ServicesThe services tab allows you to view and manager services that are running on your PC.

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EXAMPLE: Task Manager
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OPTION ONE

Open Task Manager using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.





OPTION TWO

Open Task Manager from Win+X Quick Link Menu


1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Task Manager.

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OPTION THREE

Open Task Manager from Ctrl+Alt+Delete Screen


1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

2 Click/tap on Task Manager.

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OPTION FOUR

Open Task Manager from Search


1 Open Search (Win+S) or the Start menu.

2 Type Task Manager into the search box. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Open for Task Manager.

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OPTION FIVE

Open Task Manager from Windows Tools


1 Open Windows Tools.

2 Click/tap on Windows Tools. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION SIX

Open Task Manager from Run


1 Open Run (Win+R).

2 Type Taskmgr or LaunchTM into Run, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION SEVEN

Open Task Manager from Command Line


1 Open the Windows Terminal, Command Prompt, or PowerShell console.

2 Type Taskmgr or LaunchTM into the console, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
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I miss right click on Taskbar functionality, so I've pinned it to Taskbar.
 

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So does that mean you can't right click the taskbar anymore for TaskManager?
lame Microsoft... always making changes that don't need to be changed... :mad:(n)
 

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I miss right click on Taskbar functionality, so I've pinned it to Taskbar.
It could get added back. We're still in early releases.
 

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It's sad that it was removed from taskbar context menu. On my tablet I added shortcut to task manager to classic shell (again, sad is not updated anymore, it doesn't affect Win11 start button, so You get two ^^), so u have easier way to start it, but no shortcuts on my taskbar (prefer it clean).
 

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I thought you couldn't pin it to the taskbar in 11
You can pin anything to the taskbar as long as you rename it to exe and then back.

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It's sad that it was removed from taskbar context menu.
True, but I'm finding it just as easy and quick to press WinKey+X and select it from that menu.
 

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In addition, a right click on the Start button will have Task Manager available in the Win+X menu.

It's about the same as right clicking on the taskbar. :)
 

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In addition, a right click on the Start button will have Task Manager available in the Win+X menu.

It's about the same as right clicking on the taskbar. :)
Start button has one dimension less than Taskbar ;)
 

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True, but I'm finding it just as easy and quick to press WinKey+X and select it from that menu.
I have tablet, that has a dock, but I rarely use it. So win+x is impossible for me :(
 

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ch3mn3y

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In addition, a right click on the Start button will have Task Manager available in the Win+X menu.

It's about the same as right clicking on the taskbar. :)
To be true I cannot manage to get win+X menu by "right clicking it" ) long press) on touch screen. It's like I cannot press on the button (even if I do) and i always end right-clicking the taskbar, which shows me "taskbar settings" option only.

That's why manager in context menu was useful for me more than win+X.
 

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To be true I cannot manage to get win+X menu by "right clicking it" ) long press) on touch screen. It's like I cannot press on the button (even if I do) and i always end right-clicking the taskbar, which shows me "taskbar settings" option only.

That's why manager in context menu was useful for me more than win+X.
Did you try with two fiingers tap? >Should be right click, at least it is on my touchscreen
but Icon is really small for this

Edit: long press (or longer) is right click for me
 

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ch3mn3y

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Did you try with two fiingers tap? >Should be right click, at least it is on my touchscreen
but Icon is really small for this

Edit: long press (or longer) is right click for me
Icon is to small, as I can click it with mouse, but not with my fingers. As since Win8 Microsoft is trying to be more touch friendly, I think that right clicking/long pressing whole start button should show win+X menu and not just the right corner. It's not possible to press the corner with fingers (no problem with pen).
 

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Icon is to small, as I can click it with mouse, but not with my fingers. As since Win8 Microsoft is trying to be more touch friendly, I think that right clicking/long pressing whole start button should show win+X menu and not just the right corner. It's not possible to press the corner with fingers (no problem with pen).

That is probably one of the reasons that the taskbar can be set to center versus left-justified, to give people more room for that exact right-click via long press on the start button.
 

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In addition, a right click on the Start button will have Task Manager available in the Win+X menu.

It's about the same as right clicking on the taskbar. :)
That is how I have always done it. :)
 

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Is there a way to run a command or create a shortcut file to open Taskmgr directly in the Details tab?
I've just come from the W10 Forums where there is a download designed to accomplish this, but it isn't working. Honestly it's really old and I'm not too sure if that download is working on W10 either. I've only now been inspired to accomplish this. I am able to open directly to the Startup tab of Taskmgr by using arguments in a shortcut or command:
Code:
C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe /0 /startup

I understand that I can use the Taskmgr Options menu to set the default tab to Details, I also understand I can edit the following Registry key to make the Details tab default without first manually opening Taskmgr Details tab:
Code:
REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager\ /V StartUpTab /T REG_DWORD /D 5 /F
START Taskmgr.exe
...so as you can see, adding the second line will produce a .bat file to open the Default tab of Taskmgr in a single click, which may be as good as it gets. I'm just wondering if I can make a single line command or a shortcut to do this, my application of the solution is to run it off my utility flash disk on any other PC than my own, say on a client's device or a fresh Windows install for example. Maybe it's not ideal to create the new default and leave it there. I'd rather not add more code to delete the Registry key or otherwise reset the default tab. For example I have a server I'd rather see the Users tab by default, maybe I want to use this shortcut every once in awhile and not have it change the custom default.

btw- I am able to long press the corner oriented Start button on my desktop touch screen to invoke the Win+X menu without issue.
 

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