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    Open Task Manager in Windows 10

    How to Open Task Manager in Windows 10
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    13 Jul 2017
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    How to Open Task Manager in Windows 10


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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.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, you will notice UWPs now use per-application instanced Runtime Broker processes, rather than all sharing a single session-wide Runtime Broker. This will help improve resource attribution, resource management, and fault tolerance.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16226, Task Manager now includes GPU info to track your GPU performance. The Performance tab shows GPU utilization information for each separate GPU component (such as 3D and Video encode/decode), as well as graphics memory usage stats. The Details tab shows you GPU utilization info for each process. Please note that this feature is still under construction and you will find issues and bugs, as always please send Microsoft feedback in Feedback Hub under Desktop Environment > Task manager.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16232, Microsoft made a few small changes to the GPU performance tracker in Task Manager. They’ve updated the UI layout, and added more details like DirectX version and the physical location of your GPU. Only hardware GPUs show up in the list, and the software-only basic display adapter is hidden. More improvements coming soon!

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16241, Microsoft made some design changes to the GPU section of Performance tab:
    • The GPU name is now shown on the left-hand side of the Performance tab for each GPU.
    • We now default to the multi-engine view, which shows performance monitors for the four most active GPU engines. Typically you’ll see charts for the 3D, Copy, Video Encode and Video Decode engines. Right-click on the chart to switch back to the single-engine view.
    • There is now a total GPU memory text counter next to the dedicated and shared text counters at the bottom of the Performance tab.
    • The Direct X version now also contains the highest supported DX feature level.



    This tutorial will show you how to open Task Manager in Windows 10.

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    For more information and details about Task Manager, also see:



    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, step 3, step 4, step 5, or step 6 for how you would like to open Task Manager.

    2. Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys, and go to step 8 below.

    3. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)
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    This option will not be available if you have tablet mode turned on.


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    4. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE keys, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If you use the Start menu instead of Start screen, then open the Start menu, type task in the search box, select Task Manager when it shows up in the search results, press Enter, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    NOTE: If you open Task Manager while signed in to an administrator account, then Task Manager will be opened elevated (run as administrator) by default.

    8. Select to have Task Manager display with Fewer details or More details. By default, Task Manager will open to the same Fewer details or More details view as it was last closed. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Here is what you will see with Task Manager in More details view. (see screenshots below)

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    Processes Tab

    The 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.

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    Performance Tab

    In 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.

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    App history Tab

    The 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.

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    Startup Tab

    In 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.

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    Details Tab

    The 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.

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    Services Tab

    The services tab allows you to view and manager services that are running on your PC.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    26 Jul 2016 #1

    In tablet mode, long pressing the windows icon in the task bar will pop up (at release) a menu like that in step 4 above. There the Task Manager is available.

    None of the above described ways to open the Task Manager seem to work in tablet mode. Does anyone know? I cannot for my life figure it out, either I'm plain stupid or MS is playing tricks on us...
    Thanks.
    Last edited by OppfinnarJocke; 26 Jul 2016 at 16:57. Reason: Found it!
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  2. Posts : 22,139
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
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       26 Jul 2016 #2

    Hello Jocke,

    All options except step 3 in step 1 should be available to you in tablet mode.
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  3. Posts : 15,686
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       17 Sep 2016 #3

    Hey Shawn,
    Here is a little something I just made(while joking around with Fafhrd on another thread), I though would fit here too, and should be hung up over every PC:

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  4. Posts : 22,139
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       17 Sep 2016 #4

      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 138
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       17 Sep 2016 #5

    [Edited for clarity 21:09 GMT]

    Has anybody found out how to open Task manager when Windows starts with it already minimised to the System tray?

    Opening it automatically is always a two-step process: opening it with an Admin-level TS task and then minimising it by manually clicking on its minimise button.

    It does not obey any common methods when started automatically [such as adding /min -Hide or similar to the command itself] and I have not found any solution online.

    It fails to respond when Windows starts to a shortcut in either Startup folder so the job has to be done with a TS task [and that task must be an Admin one].

    The best I have been able to do is make it open minimised to the TaskBar so it then takes two clicks to get it minimised to the System tray [but it feels slightly more convenient than the alternatives as it leaves the desktop clear].

    Any ideas?

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 17 Sep 2016 at 14:10.
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  6. Posts : 22,139
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       17 Sep 2016 #6

    Hello Denis,

    Usually clicking on its icon on the taskbar will restore the Task Manager window.
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  7. Posts : 15,686
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       17 Sep 2016 #7

    Use the Hide when Minimized option and then right-click restore.
    Which also hides the taskbar icon.
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       17 Sep 2016 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Denis,

    Usually clicking on its icon on the taskbar will restore the Task Manager window.
    Brink - Thanks for replying but I am not trying to restore it. I am trying to do the opposite.

    I start Task mgr with Windows [using an Admin-level logon task in TS] but it opens with a normal-sized window. I then have to minimise it manually to get it out of my way.

    Cliff S - I want to find a way of having it open already minimised to the System tray without any intervention. I know how to minimise it manually as I said in my previous post.

    Denis
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  9. Posts : 22,139
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       17 Sep 2016 #9

    Denis,

    You could create a Task Manager shortcut, then set the shortcut to "Run" "Minimized" like below. When you open the shortcut, it'll open Task Manager minimized by default.

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