The Task Manager is a built-in program in Windows 11/10 that lets you keep track of running processes, CPU, Memory, and other resource usages. It also offers you to remove programs from the Windows startup as well. Some pro users would like to have quick access to Task Manager. In this post, we will share how to pin Task Manager to Taskbar or Start Menu; and also how to minimize Taskbar to System Tray.
It is a straight forward solution, but before that, you need to know the exact location of the Task Manager. Open the Run Prompt, and copy-paste the following path and hit Enter.
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows \Start Menu\Programs\System Tools
You will see the shortcut to the Task Manager. Keep this folder minimized. You can also search for Task Manager in the Start menu, and when it appears, right-click and open its file location.
How to put Task Manager on Taskbar
- Launch the Task Manager.
- Next right click on the Task Manager icon on the taskbar.
- Click on the option Pin to taskbar.
Now even if you close the Task Manager, the icon will always be available on the Taskbar.
How to pin Task Manager to Start Menu
Its odd, but the option to pin the Task Manager to Start Menu is not available a straightforward as the option to Pin to Taskbar. The other way around is using the shortcut.
- Open the Task Manager folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools).
- Right-click on the Task Manager shortcut
- Click on the Pin to Start option.
Press the Start button, and the Task Manager should be available as a tile.
Minimize Taskbar to System Tray or Notification Area
If you do not want the Task Manager to occupy space on the Taskbar, you can choose to minimize it to the system tray.
Open Task Manager, and then click on Options menu, and check Hide when minimized and Minimize on use.
Now the next time you minimize Task Manager, it will appear in the system tray.
We hope you found the steps easy to follow, and you were successful in making the changes.