In this post, we will show you how to keep Task Manager always on top in Windows 11/10. Just like you can keep Calculator always on top, there is a built-in feature for Task Manager to place it on top of other applications or programs. You can also use some third-party tools for that. This post covers all the possible ways.
What does Always on top mean in Task Manager?
If you enable Always on top mode in Task Manager in Windows 11/10, the Task Manager window will launch and stay on top of all other windows on the desktop, until you close the task manager window.
Keeping Task Manager on top can come in handy for various reasons. For example, you want to keep an eye on CPU usage, memory, running processes, etc. Even if some application is opened in maximized mode, Task Manager will remain in front or foreground for as long as you want.
Keep Task Manager always on top in Windows 11/10
You can place the Task Manager Always on top using four different ways:
- Task Manager Settings
- Notification icon of Task Manager
- Using hotkeys
- Using a third-party tool.
1] Enable or Disable Always On Top in Windows 11 using Task Manager Settings
In Windows 11, you can enable or disable Always On Top using the Task Manager Settings as follows:
- Open Task Manager
- Click on the Settings icon on the bottom left side.
- The Task Manager Settings will open.
- Under Window Management, you will see the Always on top option.
- That is the option where you can display the Task Manager on top of the other open windows on your desktop.
- Check or uncheck in order to enable or disable the Always on top feature.
In earlier versions, you have to use the following method:
For this, open Task Manager. If Task Manager is opened in compact mode, then use the More details option so that you can view all the tabs and menus of Task Manager.
After that, click on the Options menu. You will see the Always on top option. Use that option and Task Manager will be stuck to the top.
Uncheck that option whenever you want and Task Manager will be removed from always on top mode.
2] Using Notification icon of Task Manager
Another way to put Task Manager always on top is using its notification icon available on the system tray of Taskbar.
Launch Task Manager and right-click on its notification icon. If its icon is available under hidden icons, then use the available icon on the taskbar to see the hidden icons. After that, right-click on the Task Manager notification icon and click on the Always on top option.
3] Using Hotkeys
This is one of the simple ways to make Task Manager remain on top of other applications. This option uses the Options menu of Task Manager but only hotkeys are needed.
First of all, launch Task Manager in the More detailed view mode. Now press Alt+O hotkey. It will automatically open the Options menu. After that, press the A key. Task Manager will always come in on top mode. Use the same hotkeys again to turn off always on top mode.
4] Using a third-party tool
There are a lot of third-party free tools for Windows that can make a window stay always on top. If you want, you can download and install any of such tools and pin Task Manager on top using them.
Hope this helps.
How do I pin a window always on top in Windows?
Here are a few free tools that can help you make a window stay Always On Top on your Windows 11/10 PC:
- Microsoft PowerToys
- Always On Top
Also read: How to enable Always on Top for Windows Terminal.