How to Open Task Manager in Windows 10
Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.
This tutorial will show you how to open Task Manager in Windows 10.
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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)
This option will not be available if you have tablet mode
4. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)
5. Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE keys, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)
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)
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)
9. Here is what you will see with Task Manager in More details view. (see screenshots below)
The Processes tab is shown by default when the Task Manager is launched. Itís 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The services tab allows you to view and manager services that are running on your PC.