10 Windows Task Manager Tricks that You Probably DON’T Know!

 Task Manager is a helpful tool to use when a program is frozen or not responding and you need to close it.

But, most users only know this feature while they are not utilizing other handy features of Task Manager.

In this guide, we are going to tell you some amazing hidden features and tricks of Task Manager you are not aware of.

Task Manager has made some improvements in Windows 10 as compared to what it was like in Windows 7.

Here are the 10 Windows Task Manager Tricks You Should Know:

 How to Bring Up the Task Manager Quickly?

Bring Up the Task Manager Quickly

You might be aware of one most common method of bringing up Task Manager, but do you know there are more than that.

The most common use method to bring up Task Manager is pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del simultaneously

It will first take you to a security screen and then bring up Task Manager, but it is also a very sluggish way. The quick method to bring up the task manager is pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

This will directly take you to the Task Manager screen rather than needing to go through unnecessary security screens. Moreover, your mouse can also do this job.

All you need to do is to right-click on your TaskBar and select Task Manager from the menu that appears. Lastly, on the Power User Menu, you will find a shortcut to Task Manager.

To open the application, right-click on Start Button and select Task Manager from the menu or simply press Win + X.

This is a useful shortcut to bring up Windows Task Manager and it works well irrespective of where your hands are, on mouse or keyboard. 

Find Out Why Apps Are Frozen

As mentioned previously, most people use Task Manager whenever a program freezes or does not respond. With Task Manager you can force close a program.

Why Apps Are Frozen

But, if the same things happen to you again, there are more possibilities that you can analyze first. It is not always the case that the program has frozen, sometimes programs take time to process.

Taking down an active application early could lead to lost data, so waiting and checking whether a frozen process resolves itself makes sense.

This is where the Task Manager’s Analyze Wait Chain feature is handy. It can tell you when another procedure is waiting for so that you can determine why the app is not responding actually.

Switch to the Details tab to see which process the real culprit is, and find out what process you want to analyze. Right-click and for info, pick the Analyze wait chain.

You will see the app in the resulting window if you wait for any other process.

Restart Windows Explorer

Many user interfaces elements in Windows, such as a file explorer, Taskbar, start menu etc, are controlled by the Windows Explorer process.

If you have a problem with these elements, you may begin restarting your PC first. While solving this problem, restarting Windows Explorer is more convenient. 

Restart Windows Explorer

Search Windows Explorer on the Task Manager Process tab. Right-click and select Restart to kill and run the task again.

For a moment, you will see your Taskbar and other elements vanish, which is normal. Everything should return to normal after they return.

Monitor Performance And Resources

You can have an overview of all the running applications and programs with the help of the Task Manager.

Monitor Performance And Resources

Moreover, it consists of many tools that monitor the performance of your system effectively and provide you with results in the form of graphs.

When you open the Task Manager, click on the Performance tab to see these. Here are the following tips you need to look into when you are there. 

Viewing Graphs

You will see fields in the left sidebar on your computers, such as CPU, Memory, Disc and other resources. To see a real-time graph of your usage, click one. 

Viewing Graphs

If you want to see this information without opening the complete Task Manager, you need to right-click in the left sidebar anywhere.

You can click the graph summary to display the present diagram anywhere in the right panel.

Copy Diagnostic Info

On the left side, you have to right-click on any resource type and pick Copy to diagnose a screenshot on your clipboard.

Diagnostic Info

Then you can insert it into the Notepad for basic saving or online sharing in a forum for troubleshooting support.

Access Useful Details

Every type of resource has some interesting info that could be useful. You find Up-time under the CPU that means how long it’s been from restarting the system. 

Access Useful Details

In Memory, if you’re able to add more space, you can check the number of slots. You get a clue about how your media works with the help of Reading Speed and Write Speed.

Open Resource Monitor

Click Open Resource Monitor at the end of the window, if you want even more details not shown by the Task Manager.

Open Resource Monitor

This functionality is an innovative means of displaying the system’s real-time data, including used threads, disk reaction times, detailed RAM breakdowns for processes etc.

Search Online for Suspicious Processes

Suspicious Processes

Most of the time processes that are running in Task Manager are legitimate, But sometimes you might have some suspicion looking at the names of processes in Task Manager.

It is a smart idea to verify the ones you find suspicious or whose name you have not heard of. Windows can help you in this, right-click on any process and select Online Search.

The process and app names will start a Bing search in your browser. The results will help you to decide whether or not it is safe.

Add Extra Columns For More Details

Mostly, in the Processes tan. Task Manager displays only a few columns. These columns do cover all the important details you need to know, but you can still add some more columns.

Add Extra Columns For More Details

All you have to do is just right click on the header tab.

These columns are as follow:

  • TYPE: It helps you identify whether the process is an App, Windows Processor Background Process.
  • Publisher: It contains the name of the program’s developer.
  • Process Name: most of the files are executable if you have used Task Manager in Windows 7, then will look familiar.

While some or all of them are often useful, particularly, Process Name is useful.

It is easier to identify suspicious applications with their process name than with their app name, and it is often easier to investigate them as well. 

Remember that on the Startup tab, you can also add additional columns. Use them for problem-solving (like CPU at start-up for impact measurements) or just for finding out which startups are still running with the column “Running Now”

Toggle Between Values and Percentages

The CPU column displays only in percentages when searching the Processes list. But between absolute values and percentages, you can change the other three default columns. 

The proportions are best because you need a sense of how the utilization of resources is relative to the overall usable amount.

It is amazing if a 50 MB RAM is used by an app, but just two per cent of the total RAM of your computer is put into perspective. 

To change to the Resource value sub-menu, right-click on all processes and assign Values or Percent to the type of resource you wish to change.

Manage App Windows

The task manager still cannot be considered as the best window management tool possible, but it has some useful features.

Manage App Windows

You have to click the arrow next to the item to display all the operations you want to manage.

This works for items listed in the Processes tab section of Apps only, and not all applications that have been tested.

When an item is expanded, all the processes can be shown, right-click on the input and these window actions are shown in that app.

  1. Switch To: Minimizes the Task manager and brings the app into focus.
  2. Bring To Front: It does not minimize the Task Manager but brings the app into focus.
  3. Minimize: It helps in minimizing the program.
  4. Maximize: It helps in maximizing the app.
  5. End Task: close/kill the task

Open App File Locations

Open App File Locations

Do you often have to navigate to a certain program’s installed place? Perhaps you would like to change some configuration files, or for some reason, you need to copy the file path.

One way to do this is to move through File Explorer, but it needs a lot of clicking. If an application is running now, the task manager will help you to do that even faster. 

Only right-click and pick Open File Location. It will take you straight to the folder with the executable file of the process. It is easy, Particularly since the software can live throughout your file system. 

Adjust Task Manager Options

The Task Manager does facilitate users with a few features that they can adjust to enhance their experience.

You will find the Always on Top button under the Options, enable it to keep the Task Manager above the other Windows until you minimize it manually.

Adjust Task Manager Options

Moreover, click on Set Default Tab to choose to adjust what you want the Task manager to show you when you open it. To make the Update Speed faster or slower, look under the View Menu.

Besides, if you want to analyze a snapshot in time, pause it. 

Bottom Line!

Task Manager is a useful tool for all regular users. It is a reliable source to know about your system, you get all the information you need about your system in Task Manager.

Having said that we hope that you liked this article. And you have learned more about Task Manager.

We value your feedback, you can contact us if you have a problem. 

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