Windows 11 came with an attractive UI and fluid windows. Microsoft slowly redesigned all the major apps in it like Photos, Windows Media Player, and others. The new one to add to that revamped and redesigned list is the Task Manager behaves in the native system style like Light or Dark modes and glossy UI. In this guide, we show you how to use the new Task Manager in Windows 11 2022 version 22H2 and later.
How to use the new Task Manager in Windows 11 2022
We all have used the Task manager earlier and we know how to use it to end or run processes. The new Task Manager comes with a new UI that we need to understand to use as efficiently as the earlier Task Manager. To understand and use the new Task Manager, you can follow this guide.
- Overview of tabs in the Task Manager
- Run Task or End Task
- Use Efficiency Mode
- See and Delete App History
- Disable Startup apps
- See Last BIOS time
- Customize the new Task Manager
Let’s get into the details of each one. You can open the Task Manager from the Start menu or Win+X menu or by using Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard. The first thing you will notice is that the menu and tabs have been moved from the top to the left side.
1] Overview of tabs in the Task Manager
We used to have tabs on the top bar of the old Task manager. In the new Task manager on Windows 11 2022, the tabs are limited to icons in the left sidebar. We need to know each one of them to use the Task manager efficiently. There are seven tabs available on the new Task manager. They are:
- Processes: It shows all the running programs and their processes on your computer. You can see them and their disk usage and end them if you choose to.
- Performance: In the Performance tab, you can see the visual aspects of the CPU, Memory, Disk, GPU, etc through graphs dedicated to each one, updating in real-time.
- App history: It shows the apps used by the current user account you’re logged in with from the time, you set in the Settings of the Task manager.
- Startup apps: It shows the list of apps that run in the System startup. You can disable them, enable them, see their impact, their publisher, etc.
- Users: The users’ tab in the new Task manager shows the list of user accounts available on the computer. You can see their usage of CPU, RAM, and Memory. You can disconnect them or manage user accounts from that tab.
- Details: The details tab in the new Task manager shows all the available processes on your computer and their details like Process ID (PID), Status, Username, CPU, Memory, etc.
- Services: The Services tab contains the list of all the services available on your computer. You can start them, stop them, or customize them from the Task manager or open the Services window.
2] Run Task or End Task
It is a no-brainer to run or end a task on the new Task manager. You will see the Run new task button on the top right of the Processes tab. You just have to click on it and it opens the Run command box. Type the name of processes like devmgmt.msc or regedit and press Enter.
To end a process on the new Task manager, you just have to select the Program or Process. Then, you will see the End task button right beside the Run new task button. You have to click on it to end the program or process you have selected.
3] Turn on Efficiency Mode
The Efficiency mode that is available on the new Task manager is a great feature that helps you manage system resources and make processes that seem unnecessary use fewer resources. Currently, the Efficiency mode is not available to every program and process on your PC. But most Microsoft programs can be put into Efficiency mode.
To enable the Efficiency mode, select the program that you want to enable efficiency mode to make it use fewer resources and send it to the background. If the program or process supports the efficiency mode, you will see the Efficiency mode button. If not. it will be greyed out. Click on the Efficiency mode button to put the supported program in the efficiency mode. You will see a dialog box to confirm. Confirm it by clicking on the Turn on Efficiency mode button. If the Efficiency mode is enabled for a program or process, you will see green leaves icon beside it in the list on the Task manager.
4] See and Delete App History
You can see the apps you’ve used and the amount of resources and network they have used on that particular user account from the time period the Task manager has started collecting the details. It will be accessible in the App history tab where you can view all of them and even delete the app usage history just by clicking on the Delete usage history button on the top. Generally, you will see the App usage history from the time you have updated to the new Task manager.
5] Disable Startup apps
There is not much of a change visible in the Startup apps in the new Task manager. You can see the list of apps available in the Startup folder and their status. You can just right-click on the program on the process and select Enable or Disable as you choose to enable or disable them. Alternatively, you can use the buttons on the top of the Task manager to carry out the same functions as the right-click context options. You can also see their file location, and their properties, search them online if you find them doubtful, etc.
6] See Last BIOS time
If you are curious to know how much it took BIOS to enable all the hardware on your PC and to make processes start, you can see the precise time in the Task manager app. You can find the Last BIOS time in the Startup apps tab of the new Task manager.
7] Customize the new Task Manager
You can customize a few things about the new Task manager on Windows 11. You will find the gear icon or Settings icon at the bottom left of the Task manager window. In the settings, you can change the Default Start Page to any of the 7 tabs available in the left sidebar, Real-time update speed, Windows management, and Other options. They are pretty simple to use and customize.
8] Use Task Manager to Stop, Restart or Start Services
You can also Stop, Restart or Start Services using the Task Manager.
Open the Services tab, right-click on the Service and you will see the available options.
What happened to Task Manager in Windows 11?
The Task Manager in Windows 11 is redesigned and revamped to match the Windows 11 UI. An efficiency mode is added to the Task manager to put the high system resources using apps to sleep or put them in the background. The tabs are changed into icons on the left sidebar and some other changes like that.
How do I edit Task Manager in Windows 11?
You can customize which tab or page to appear on the home screen of the Task manager when you open it, change the way the Task manager window behaves when you minimize it and change the way the data updates in real-time in the Settings of the new Task manager on Windows 11.
Related read: Windows Task Manager Tips and Tricks you may not be aware of.