Task Manager shortcut in Windows 8 | 7

Task Manager helps in getting information about a computer performance, running applications, processes and more. In short, you can use the handy Windows tool to start certain programs or end them. It is more of a troubleshooting tool for beginners ,which is broken up into multiple tabs. Each tab is associated with a particular category such as the running applications, running processes, Windows services, the computer’s performance, network utilization, and the users that are currently logged in. If you are connected to a network, you can also use Task Manager to view network status and see how your network is functioning.

The Task Manager has evolved with time right from Windows 3 to Windows 8 and the new Windows 8 Task Manager, now offers a lot of information. We have already seen the features of Windows 8 Task Manager, including how to understand the heat map of the Task Manager in Windows 8.  In this post we will see ways to open the Windows Task Manager.

Task Manager

Bringing up Task Manager in Windows 8 | 7

1] In Windows XP, you hit CTRL + ALT + DEL key combo to get the Task Manager running ! Things changed with Windows Vista onwards. Now if you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL you see a dialog/screen, from where you can select ‘Start Task Manager’.

2] To bring up the Task Manager directly in Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC instead. This is the Task Manager shortcut in Wndows 8.

3] In the most recent version of windows – Windows 8, you can also access the Task Manager from the WinX Menu.  All you need to do is Press Win+X in combination to bring up the ‘Power Task Menu’. From there, you can select the ‘Task Manager’ option.

Task Manager option

4] Goes without saying you can still always simply right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.

5] Then again, while on the Start Screen, you can search for Task Manager or  Taskmgr.exe and click on it. Use this executable to run it using the Run box or a Command Prompt. Create a desktop shortcut, if you wish! It is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

Use the Task Manager like a desktop widget with its Summary View!

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While on the topic of Task Managers, Daphne Task ManagerTask Manager Deluxe & AnVir Task Manager Free are alternative Task Manager software for Windows that you may want to have a look at.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • ClarkHighlandGroup

    I ran into an interesting challenge. On Win7, my task manager has lost most of its ‘stuff’, no matter how I open it (thanks for reminder of mouse-friendly right-click taskbar). I only get the CPU usage history. I get for all 8 cores. But no menu or other options to see memory, or what tasks are running, let alone the ability to kill rogue processes. I can expand the window size, but it only expands the size of the graphs of the CPU usage. Any ideas?

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