Whether improving performance or solving the myriad of problems in Windows operating systems, the Task Manager is indispensable for every PC user. It makes identifying resource-intensive processes, managing startup programs, monitoring hardware-related activities, and other tasks incredibly easy.
If you’re using Windows 10, you can rely on more than a dozen different methods to get the Task Manager up and running. Of course you don’t have to memorize them all! But given the relative importance of Task Manager, it’s always best to know at least a few ways to open Task Manager.
1. Open Task Manager from Taskbar
The easiest way to open the Task Manager is to access it from the taskbar (the strip of icons at the bottom of the desktop) with just a few quick clicks.
Start by right-clicking an empty area on the taskbar. Then from the contextual menu that appears, select task management† Simple, right?
2. Open Task Manager via hotkey
Another easy method to open the Task Manager is to use the Check † Shift † Escape Keyboard shortcut. It’s fast and works no matter what’s on the screen, say a full-screen video game.
It’s also useful for cases where the Windows File Explorer crashes or doesn’t work, and you can’t access the Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar.
3. Open Task Manager from Windows Security Screen
The Windows Security screen in Windows 10, which you can activate with the Check † alt † remove keys, also provides an option to invoke Task Manager.
It should work even if an application caused the operating system to crash or crash. So don’t forget to use it if nothing else works.
4. Open Task Manager from Start Menu
Did you know that you can launch the Task Manager just like any other application on your computer?
Just open the Get started menu and scroll through the list of programs until you find the Windows system folder. Then expand it and select task management†
5. Open Task Manager via Windows Search
If you prefer to use Windows Search to open programs in Windows 10, finding and opening the Task Manager should be a breeze.
Type task management or taskmgr in the search box on the taskbar (use the Windows † s shortcut if you don’t see it) and press Enter or select Open†
You can also search and open Task Manager by typing task management or taskmgr in the Start menu itself.
6. Open Task Manager via Cortana
If you have Set up Cortana in Windows 10type or just say open task manager after calling Cortana, and it should launch the Task Manager for you shortly after.
7. Open Task Manager via File Explorer
When navigating the file system in Windows 10 using File Explorer, you can open Task Manager by typing taskmgr in the address bar and press Enter† You should be able to do that from any directory.
8. Open Task Manager via Executable File
You can also open the Task Manager from the program’s main executable. Start by visiting the following folder on your PC:
Local Disk (C:) † Windows † system32
Then scroll down and double click taskmgr.exe†
9. Open Task Manager from Power User Menu
Windows 10’s Power User Menu also provides a shortcut to the Task Manager. Using it is as easy as right clicking on the Get started icon (or press Windows † X) and select task management†
10. Open Task Manager via Run Box
In Windows 10, the Run box lets you open any tool or program on your PC, provided you know the relevant command, and Task Manager is no exception.
Press Windows † R to open Run. Then type taskmgr and select Okay† The Task Manager should appear in an instant.
11. Open Task Manager via Windows PowerShell
When interacting with Windows PowerShell or the Command Prompt in Windows 10, you can open Task Manager by running a simple command. just type taskmgr in the console and press Enter to bring it up.
12. Open Task Manager from Control Panel
Despite the presence of the Settings app, you can still use the Control Panel in Windows 10 to manage various aspects of the operating system. It’s hidden from view, but you get there by looking for it Control panel through Windows Search. That said, the Control Panel also offers another way to launch the Task Manager.
Start typing task management or taskmgr in the search field at the top right of the Control Panel. Then select from the search results that appear: task management below System†
13. Open Task Manager via desktop shortcut
If you need regular access to the Task Manager, it’s worth taking a few minutes to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10. Here’s how to do that.
1. Right-click on an empty area of the desktop. Then point to New and select Shortcut†
2. Type (or copy and paste) the following path in the Create shortcut dialogue:
Select Next one Get on.
3. Enter a name for the shortcut (eg. task management† and select Finish†
You can then launch the Task Manager by double clicking the desktop shortcut whenever you want.
Alternatively, you can add a Task Manager shortcut to the taskbar, which is even easier. Start by opening the Task Manager with one of the methods above. Then right click on the task management icon on the taskbar and select Pin to taskbar†