How to Open Task Manager in Windows 10 (Different Methods)

How to Open Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager is a built-in Windows 10 app which allows maintain running processes including user apps, system apps and Windows services. It allows you to control Windows Startup apps, and also analyze performance of the whole OS.

The app was originally created by David William Plummer, but Windows 10 has its modern version that includes extra features that the original app didn’t have.

This tutorial will show you different methods you can use to open the Task Manager in Windows 10.
Windows 10 Task Manager Startup

Open Task Manager with hotkeys

The classic way to launch Task Manager is the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key sequence. This is a global keyboard shortcut that is available from any running app. Windows 10 allows launching the Task Manager even no Desktop or Explorer is open.

Open the Task Manager from the context menu of the taskbar

  1. Right-click the empty space on your taskbar.
  2. Select the Task Manager item from the context menu.Windows 10 Start Taskmanager From Tasbkar

Run Task Manager from the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen

  1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del shortcut keys on your keyboard.
  2. The CAD screen will open.
  3. Select  the “Task Manager” entry from what it shows.Open Task Manager From The CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen

Launch Task Manager from the Run dialog

  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys to open the Run box.
  2. Type taskmgr  in the Run box.
  3. Press Enter, and Task Manager will start instantly.Open Task Manager From The Run Box

Win+X menu

You can right-click on the Start button to open a special menu that provides faster access to most popular built-in utilities. This menu has shortcuts to useful administrative tools and system functions. It is called the Win+X menu, as it opens with the eponymous keyboard shortcut.

Win+X Menu Settings Moved To Bottom

To Run Task Manager from the Win+X Menu

  1. Press Win + X keys together on the keyboard
  2. Or right-click the Start button
  3. Pick the Task Manager item from the menu that will appear on the screen:

Also see Rearrange or Delete Win + X Menu Items in Windows 10

That’s enough. You can use any of the methods that suit your needs.

Also, you can create a shortcut for the Task Manager, and put it to your desktop or pin it to the taskbar or Start menu. Its executable file is c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe.

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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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