6 Ways to Open the Task Manager in Windows

No matter what version of Windows you are using, Task Manager is one of the important and most used tools. Using the Task Manager you can quickly end unresponsive programs, start new tasks, monitor the performance and activity of your system, get details of running processes, etc. Being an important tool, there are multiple ways you can open the Task Manager. This is particularly helpful for accessibility reasons and knowing different ways to help you in different situations. Here are a few ways you can open Task Manager in Windows.

Opening the Windows Task Manager from the taskbar is probably one of the most well-known methods. In case you don’t know, just right-click on the taskbar, and then select “Task Manager” from the list of options.

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This action will instantly open the Windows Task Manager.

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The second easiest way to open the Task Manager in Windows is to use a simple keyboard shortcut. Just press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + Esc,” and you will have your Task Manager displayed on the screen.

Of course, you can use the Ctrl and Shift buttons on both sides of the keyboard. I personally prefer to use the Ctrl and Shift buttons that are right under the Enter button so that I don’t have to awkwardly place my fingers on the left side of the keyboard.

You can also open the Windows Task Manager using the command prompt. To start, press “Win + X,” and then select the Command Prompt option. If you are using Windows 7, you can also search for it in the Start menu.

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Once the command prompt has been opened, type the below command and press the Enter button to open the Task Manager.

taskmgr

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Sometimes you might want to open the Task Manager as an administrator. Especially if you are using a standard user account, the normal Task Manager is limited. In those special cases, open the Command Prompt as an admin and then use the above command.

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Just like with the command prompt, you can also open the Task Manager using the Run command window. To start, press “Win + R,” type taskmgr and press the Enter button to open Windows Task Manager.

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In Windows, Task Manager is shipped as a separate application that integrates with Windows. So, if you know where to find it, you can open the Task Manager from Windows file explorer. To start, open the file explorer using the keyboard shortcut “Win + E.”

Once the file explorer has been opened, navigate to the following location:

C:\Windows\System32

Find the “Taskmgr.exe” application, and double-click on it to open the Task Manager.

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Obviously, if you want to open the Task Manager as an administrator, right-click on the application and select the option “Run as administrator.”

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Besides all the above methods, you can also open the Task Manager from the Windows security screen. Do this by pressing the “Ctrl + Alt + Del” shortcut key on your keyboard.

Once the security screen has been opened, select the “Task Manager” option. This action will open the Task Manager. This method is pretty helpful if your system is unresponsive for whatever reason.

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Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above stated different methods to open Task Manager in Windows.