How to Open the Task Manager in Windows 11 (and More)

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Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

Open the Task Manager in Windows 11

You can do this in different ways; let’s see them below.

Method #1

Use the taskmgr command in any of the following programs to launch Task Manager:

  • Run
  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell
  • File Explorer address bar

Method #2

Open the Start menu.

Click the “All apps” button, then “Windows Tools.”

Double-click “Task Manager.”

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Type task. Hit the Task Manager app from search results.

Method #4

Press Ctrl, Shift and Escape keys together to launch Windows 11 Task Manager.

Method #5

Press Alt, Ctrl, and Delete keys simultaneously.

On the Windows security screen, beneath “Sign out,” you’ll see “Task Manager.” Please click on it.

Method #6

Press Windows and X keys together (or right-click on the Start button).

In the Power User menu, select “Task Manager” between “Windows Terminal (Admin)” and “Settings.”

Method #7

Double-click “Taskmgr.exe” in the System32 folder in C > Windows.

Method #8

In the Control Panel, enter the task in the search field in the upper right corner.

Click on the “Task Manager” link from the search results.

Enable or Disable Minimize on Use in Task Manager

With the “Minimize on use” feature, the Task Manager gets minimized whenever you use the Switch to option.

Remember, this feature will remain enabled until disabled.

Here are the steps to enable it:

Launch Task Manager and hit the Gear icon at the bottom left.

Under the “Window management” section, you will see the “Minimize on use” option beneath Always on top. Select it.

That’s all. To disable the minimize on use, you need to unselect the option mentioned above.

Create a Task Manager Shortcut

Here are the steps to create a Task Manager shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer:

Right-click on File Explorer or desktop’s blank area.

Hover the mouse over “New” and hit “Shortcut.”

In the “Create Shortcut” popup, type taskmgr. Hit the “Next” button.

If you don’t like the suggested shortcut name, provide your own. Click the “Finish” button.

That’s it.

What’s the Task Manager on Windows 11, and What’s its Purpose?

Windows 11 Task Manager lets you check which programs are currently running on your PC, end any that are no longer required, and change their settings.

Using this tool, you can also monitor your CPU usage and RAM.

Managing startup programs is one of its key features. You can see which applications start when Windows boots up and disable those not required or take much time to start. If you disable these applications, your computer will start up faster.

Also, if the program freezes or stops responding, you can end it through the Task Manager.

I hope this guide, “How to Open the Task Manager in Windows 11 (and More),” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

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