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Task Manager

How to manage running Windows apps, processes, and services, using the built-in Task Manager. How to end unresponsive apps and background processes.

How to open the Task Manager in Windows 11 and Windows 10

How to open the Task Manager in Windows 11 and Windows 10

Task Manager is a great tool that helps you manage the way apps, processes, and services run on your Windows PC. Before you can work with the Task Manager, you should first know how to open it. In this guide, we show you different ways of running it, whether you use Windows 11 or Windows 10. The list includes thirteen ways to start the Task
How disable the Task Manager in Windows 10

How disable the Task Manager in Windows 10

There are some cases in which you might want to disable Task Manager in Windows 10. There are also opposite situations, when you want to enable Task Manager, like when your computer was infected by malware that disabled the Task Manager. In such a case, every time you try to launch it, you only get a message saying that the "Task Manager has been disabled
7 better alternatives to the Task Manager from Windows

7 better alternatives to the Task Manager from Windows

The Task Manager app from Windows is an essential feature of the operating system, and nearly everyone has used it on their computers. We also think that the most frequent use of this tool is to close apps that no longer respond to clicks and commands. Besides that, the Task Manager gives you a perspective of the resources available on your devices, how they are
7 ways to keep tabs on your systems' performance with the Task Manager

7 ways to keep tabs on your systems' performance with the Task Manager

Have you ever wanted to know how much of your processor's power is being used at a particular time? Or maybe how much free RAM was left for your favorite game to use? How about how much of your video card's power is used? All these are essential system resources without which apps and games cannot run well. If you want to see statistics as
View details about running processes with the Windows 10 Task Manager

View details about running processes with the Windows 10 Task Manager

Although Task Manager's Processes tab offers detailed information about how programs use system resources, it is the Details tab that allows you to find out everything you need to know about running processes (and more). Task Manager's Details tab provides generous data about each process running on your Windows 10 computer or device, and it can come in handy during advanced troubleshooting. In this tutorial,
Use the App history from Task Manager to view your apps' resource consumption

Use the App history from Task Manager to view your apps' resource consumption

Windows 10's Task Manager can be a gold mine of information when it comes to apps and how they use your computer's resources. While most of the tabs display real-time data, the App history tab collects and reports usage statistics for the apps and programs running on your computer or device over the last month. This feature is useful, especially for users of mobile devices,
How to manage signed-in user accounts with the Task Manager in Windows 10

How to manage signed-in user accounts with the Task Manager in Windows 10

  Having multiple user accounts logged in on your Windows 10 computer can make swapping between them faster, but it can also waste resources as your computer is forced to maintain two separate environments in memory. If you want the chance to weigh the benefits of this action against the costs, the Task Manager can help. Do you know which tab of the Task Manager
How to identify the Windows 10 apps that hog system resources

How to identify the Windows 10 apps that hog system resources

Regardless of how new or old your Windows 10 computer is, at times, you might find that it starts lagging and stops being responsive. That usually means that something is hogging its resources. It might be an app that takes up all your processor, one that consumes all your graphics resources, makes your hard drive spin at maximum speed, or sends massive amounts of data
How to view and disable startup programs from Windows 10's Task Manager

How to view and disable startup programs from Windows 10's Task Manager

With Windows 10, Microsoft has improved the startup time of our PCs. However, performance degrades over time, slowing down your device. As you install more and more desktop apps, they sneak themselves or their agents onto the startup list, lengthening the list of startup applications and services. As a result, Windows 10 is forced to load more apps and background processes, before it can take
Manage, start, stop, or restart Windows 10 services from the Task Manager

Manage, start, stop, or restart Windows 10 services from the Task Manager

A service is a special type of application intended to provide features to the user and the operating system, that launches and runs in the background, without a user interface to click on. As in previous versions, the Task Manager from Windows 10 comes with a Services tab, aimed to provide an overview of system services, their status and to handle basic management tasks. Here
11 ways to manage running processes with the Task Manager in Windows 10

11 ways to manage running processes with the Task Manager in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Task Manager gives you a lot of power when it comes to monitoring system resources. The Processes tab shares more information than ever before, allowing you to customize the data it shows according to your needs. Here is how to tweak the Task Manager's Processes tab in Windows 10 and become more efficient, by ensuring the data relevant to you is displayed
9 Things you can do from the Task Manager's compact view in Windows 10

9 Things you can do from the Task Manager's compact view in Windows 10

The Task Manager is an app primarily used to get more information about the processes and applications running on your PC. That is why the first time you open the Task Manager in Windows 10, you might be in for a surprise (especially if you skipped Windows 8) because there is not much to see in its window. Don't worry, this is just a compact
How to set the default view/tab for the Windows 10 Task Manager

How to set the default view/tab for the Windows 10 Task Manager

Starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update or version 1903, the Task Manager receives a few improvements. One of them is the fact that you can now set the default tab displayed by Task Manager when you open it. Today, you either see the compact view with few details, or the Processes tab. You can now set it to any tab you wish: Performance,
Ten reasons why the Task Manager rocks in Windows 10 (and in Windows 8.1)

Ten reasons why the Task Manager rocks in Windows 10 (and in Windows 8.1)

The Task Manager has always been one of the most useful tools in Windows, but it has also been one of the most boring ones. Fortunately, that was a thing of the past, as the new Task Manager from Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 went through a major overhaul. Now it looks better, it received new features and it is more useful than ever before.
Less Known Tricks about Using the Task Manager in Windows 7

Less Known Tricks about Using the Task Manager in Windows 7

We would like to finish our coverage of the Task Manager in Windows 7 with an article showing some advanced tricks about how it can be used. The article will include: how to manage active services, identify the processes used by a service, view data about your system's resource usage or your network utilization and how to manage other active users on your computer.
The Basics About the Task Manager: View, Run or End Applications and Processes

The Basics About the Task Manager: View, Run or End Applications and Processes

I've personally always thought of Task Manager as the manual override button for whenever a computer or one of its programs is acting strangely and I just want to close it or shut it down immediately. But, Task Manager is actually much more than that. It's a Windows function that can provide detailed information about various processes, applications, and the general performance of your machine's