How to Open Task Manager in Windows 10

In this post, we will see:

  • How to Open Task Manager
  • How to Create Task Manager Shortcut
  • How to Reset Task Manager

In this instance, I am using Windows 10. Let us start.

Open Task Manager in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can start Task Manager in a lot of ways. Let’s have a look at those.

Method #1

Right-click on the blank area of the taskbar. In the context menu, hit “Task Manager” which you can find between “Show the desktop” and “Lock the taskbar.”

Method #2

Use taskmgr command in any of the following programs to launch Task Manager:

Method #3

Open Start menu. Hit the “Windows System” folder, which you can find beneath “Windows Security.”

Click on “Task Manager” which you can find between “Run” and “This PC.”

Method #4

Open Start menu. Type task. Hit Task Manager app from the search results.

Method #5

Press Ctrl, Shift and Escape keys together to launch Windows 10 Task Manager.

Method #6

Press Alt, Ctrl, and Delete keys at the same time. In the Windows security screen, beneath “Sign out,” you can see “Task Manager.” Click it.

Method #7

Press Windows and X keys together (or right-click on the Start button).

In the Power user menu, hit “Task Manager” which you can find “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” and “Settings.”

Method #8

In the System32 folder, find the “Taskmgr.exe” file, and double-click it.

Method #9

Open Control Panel. In the search box at the top right corner of the screen, enter the term – task and hit the “Enter” key.

Click the “Task Manager” link from the search results.


Create Task Manager Shortcut

Here, we will see the steps to create a Task Manager shortcut in the Windows 10 desktop.

But remember that the steps are the same for creating a shortcut on File Explorer. Let us begin.

Right-click on your desktop’s blank area. Hover your mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut.”

In the “Create Shortcut” pop-up, type taskmgr. Hit the “Next” button.

Now, provide the name for the shortcut as per your liking if you don’t like the suggested name. Click on the “Finish” button.


Reset Task Manager

Close the Task Manager if it is running right now. Launch Registry Editor. Take a backup of Registry before continuing.

Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion.

Find the “TaskManager” key. Right-click on it. Hit the “Delete” option. Click on “Yes” in the confirmation pop-up.