How to Open Task Manager in Windows 11 (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

  • How to Open the Task Manager
  • What is the Task Manager?
  • How to Create a Task Manager Shortcut
  • How to Set Default Startup Tab in Task Manager
  • How to Enable or Disable Minimize on Use
  • How to Enable Task Manager Always on Top

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s get started.

How to Open Task Manager in Windows 11

Method #1

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

  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell

Method #2

Open Start menu. Click the “All apps” button, then “Windows Tools.” Double-click “Task Manager.”

Method #3

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

Method #4

Press Ctrl, Shift, and Escape keys together to launch Windows 11 Task Manager.

Method #5

Press Alt, Ctrl, and Delete keys simultaneously. On the Windows security screen, beneath “Sign out,” you’ll see “Task Manager.” Click it.

Method #6

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

In the Power User menu, select “Task Manager” between “Windows Terminal (Admin)” and “Settings.”

Method #7

Double-click “Taskmgr.exe” in the System32 folder, which is in C > Windows.

Method #8

In Control Panel, enter the task in the search field in the upper right corner.

Click the “Task Manager” link from search results.

What is Task Manager in Windows 11 PC and what is its Purpose?

Windows 11 Task Manager lets you monitor which programs are currently running on your PC, end any that are no longer required, and change their settings.

Using this tool, you can also monitor your CPU usage and RAM.

Managing startup programs is one of its key features. You can see what applications start when Windows boots up and disable those that are not required or take much time to startup. If you disable these applications, your computer will start up faster.

In addition, if the program freezes or stops responding, you can end it through Task Manager.

Notes:

  • The first time you open Task Manager, you’ll see the list of currently running processes.
  • This utility displays amount of CPU and RAM that each process uses, how much physical memory it consumes, along with many other pieces of information.

What are the modes of Task Manager in Windows 11?

Task Manager comes in two modes.

There is an advanced mode, which has existed for a long time with this operating system, and a compact mode that shows only basic information about running processes.

By clicking on the More details or the Fewer details button (button appears according to the current mode you’re in), you can switch between these two modes.

How to Create Task Manager Shortcut

Here are steps to create a Task Manager shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer:

Right-click on File Explorer or desktop blank area. Hover mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut.”

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

If you don’t like the suggested shortcut name, then provide your own. Click the “Finish” button.

How to Set Default Startup Tab in Task Manager

Windows 11 Task Manager opens in the Processes tab by default.

To change the default startup tab of Task Manager, follow these steps:

Open Task Manager. Hit Options at the top. Hover mouse over Set default tab.

You can now see these options:

  • Processes
  • Performance
  • App history
  • Startup
  • Users
  • Details
  • Services

Choose the one you prefer.

That’s all. Open Task Manager and you’ll notice the change.

Here’s the alternate method:

Launch Registry Editor. I recommend you back up the Registry before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > TaskManager.

In the right pane, you can see StartUpTab.

Double-click it and provide one of the following numbers in the Value data field:

0 – Processes tab

1 – Performance tab

2 – App history tab

3 – Startup tab

4 – Users tab

5 – Details tab

6 – Services tab

Hit the OK button.

That’s it. Open Task Manager and you’ll notice the change.

How to Enable or Disable Minimize on Use in Task Manager

With Minimize on use feature, Task Manager is minimized whenever you use Switch to option.

Here are different ways you can enable or disable it. Remember, this feature will remain enabled until it is disabled.

Method #1

Launch Task Manager. Hit Options at the top.

Under “Always on top,” click the “Minimize on use” option.

That’s all. Remember, the steps above can also disable it.

Method #2

One by one, press these keys in Task Manager: Alt + O + M. Remember, the step above can also disable it.

How to Enable Task Manager Always on Top

“Always on Top” functionality makes Task Manager stay on top of other open windows.

Here are different ways you can enable it. Remember, this feature will remain enabled until it is disabled.

Method #1

Launch Task Manager. Hit Options at the top.

Click “Always on top” above Minimize on use.

That’s all. Remember, the steps above can also disable it.

Method #2

One by one, press these keys in Task Manager: Alt + O + A.

That’s it. Keep in mind that the steps above can also disable it.

Method #3

Task Manager icon is in taskbar corner overflow menu when former is opened. Click the up arrow in the taskbar right and it’ll appear.

Right-click on the icon and click “Always on top.”

That’s it. Remember, the steps above can also disable it.

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