Ways and Shortcuts To Open Task Manager in Windows 10

Actually, the task manager in Windows 10 is not something new. This is one of the simple yet powerful built-in system monitoring tools that have been in almost all Windows versions. The task manager just gets better (if not the same) on each Windows operating system iterations.

There are actually features in Windows that we may not be aware of, yet. They are just lying around waiting for us to unlock them. One example is how we can make use of the dark mode theme on Windows 10. And speaking of dark mode, why not switch also your Microsoft Outlook to different themes.

Or maybe, it will interest you that there are different snipping tools, both free and paid, in our Windows system. There are other tools that are just there but we have not explored yet.

The task manager in Windows 10, or any other Windows version, is popularly used to force close an app. The tool can be helpful when you need to terminate an application that is no longer responding.

What Benefits Does A Task Manager in Windows Gives You?

As we’ve said, the task manager is a system monitoring tool that can offer more than just letting you close an app. Here are some of the benefits of the task manager.

  • Enables users to force close any application or processes that is no longer responding.
  • Monitor which software is eating much of your machine’s resources like CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network.
  • Monitor what are the applications running in the background – especially those malicious softwares (malwares).
  • Organize your Windows’ startup by enabling or disabling them whenever your machine boots.
  • For shared Windows machines, the task manager can show you who are the current users and what are the applications they are using.
  • Enables users to stop or start any processess.

Different Ways To Open The Task Manager In Windows 10 (and other versions)

Accessing the task manager in a Windows machine is not rocket science. True! However, there will be times when an application goes on a rampage, opening a task manager might not be easy. The rouge application might prevent you to open the tool. That is why you need to know, at least more than one way, how you can access and open the Windows task manager.

In this article, we will be sharing the different ways how to open or access the task manager in Windows 10. But not to worry because most of these are applicable to all Windows versions.

Method #1: Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Microsoft Windows support page shared a couple of keyboard shortcuts for different Windows versions. But to make things easier for you, just press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously, the Windows task manager will pop on your screen. This is probably the fastest way to bring up the task manager.

Method #2: Press Ctrl + Alt + Del Keys

Pressing simultaneously the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys from your keyboard is probably the most known way to bring up the Windows task manager.

CTRL+ALT+DEL Task Manager in Windows 10

Prior to Windows Vista, the Ctrl + Alt + Del keystroke will you directly to the Task Manager window. But starting Windows Vista these three-finger salute keystrokes have now a new job. What you are seeing now after pressing these keys is the Windows Security screen which provides the user not only the Task Manager. You can now lock your screen, switch to other users (for machines with more login profiles), sign out from your own profile, and the Task Manager.

Method #3: Access Task Manager From The Power User Menu

The Power User menu was initially introduced in Windows 8. And it does still exist in Windows 10 with more options and features.

By pressing Windows + X (also known as WinX) will bring you to the Power User Menu. And as you can see in the image below, it gives you different options that will enable you to manage your Windows system. We will not be discussing them but with this step, you can also access your Task Manager.

Power User Menu - Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #4: Access The Task Manager From Your Taskbar

Another way to bring up the task manager in Windows 10 or any other version is by accessing it through the taskbar menu. Just right-click on any empty space on your Windows taskbar then select Task Manager from the options.

Taskbar Accessing Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #5: 2 Ways To Access The Task Manager From The Start Menu

If you are more into using the Start Menu, then you can access the Task Manager the same way you open your other applications too. You can either do the following to access the Task Manager from the Start menu.

  • Click the Start menu and scroll down until you see the Windows System. You can click the Task Manager once you collapse the Windows System menu.
  • Or, a faster way is to click the Start menu and then type “Task Manager”. You will be given the best match result like the image below.
Start Menu - Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #6: Opening Task Manager By Using A Run Command

You can also use the Windows Run command to invoke the Task Manager in Windows. Just click the Start Menu and type “Run” or press Window+R simultaneously to open the Run app. Then type the word taskmgr and then click the OK button like the image below.

Run Command Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #7: Find and Execute the Taskmgr.exe Directly

Another way to bring up the Windows Task Manager is by directly opening the Taskmgr.exe executable file from C:\Windows\System32.

Windows System32 Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #8: Creating a Shortcut In the Taskbar or Desktop

You can also create an executable shortcut of Taskmgr.exe on your desktop or pin it in your taskbar. All you have to do is go to C:\Windows\System32 then left-click the Taskmgr.exe. Then hold and press (right-click this time) on taskmgr.exe while you drag it on your desktop. Then you will see the option Create shortcuts here.

Or you can do the same steps but this time drag the taskmgr.exe file towards your taskbar.

Create a Shortcut - Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #9: Run the Task Manager From A Command Prompt Or Powershell

If for some reason, the steps above is not working to open the task manager, you can use the command prompt or Windows Powershell.

All you have to do is open up a command prompt, either from the Start menu or Run command line, then type taskmgr. If that does not work, change the directory first to C:\Windows\System32 (by typing cd C:\Windows\System32 on the console), then type taskmgr.

Command Prompt Windows Powershell - Task Manager in Windows 10

Method #10: Find Your Way To Open The Task Manager From The Control Panel

Since the Task Manager is one of the Windows built-in tools to manage your system, you can surely find it from the Control Panel. You can open the Control Panel either from the Windows search (by clicking the Start menu and typing control panel) or the Run dialog by typing control.

Once you are in the Control Panel, type Task Manager in the search bar located at the top-right corner of the Control Panel window. Then the main window will filter the applications and show you System. The Task Manager can be found under System.

Control Panel - Task Manager in Windows 10

Wrapping It Up

Although for most Windows users, opening the task manager is not something that they will do every time. Not even randomly. But knowing how to open it in many ways is quite convenient especially if your Windows application is messing up.

But note this, the Task Manager, like any other application in Windows may not work as expected sometimes. And the only application you are hoping to help you in times like this can add up to your problems. If this is the case, most of the time, you resort to rebooting your machine. What will you do to escape from such a dilemma without you restarting your machine?

That is something we can discuss on a separate topic.

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