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

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Task Manager in Windows 11

Method #1

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

  • Windows PowerShell

Method #2

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

Method #3

Open the 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.” Please 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 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 the search results.

How to Enable or Disable Task Manager in Windows 11

Here are two ways you can accomplish this task. Let’s look at them.

Method #1

Follow these steps to disable:

Open Registry Editor. I suggest you take a Registry backup before proceeding.

Now navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Click on System.

If it’s not there, you’ll need to create it. Here’s how: right-click on Policies. Select New > Key. Enter “System” (without double quotes) and press the Enter key.

Right-click the blank space in the right pane. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter DisableTaskMgr as a name and then press Enter.

Double-click on this. Provide 1 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

Sign out and then sign back in.

That’s all.

To enable Task Manager, change the value from 1 to 0 in the DWORD or delete it. Log out and then log back in.

Method #2

Follow these steps to disable:

Open local group policy editor.

Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options.

Double-click Remove Task Manager in the right pane.

After selecting Enabled, click the OK button at the bottom.

That’s all.

To enable Task Manager, follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.

How to Reset Task Manager in Windows 11

Here are the steps:

If the Task Manager is currently running, close it.

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest you take a backup of the Registry before continuing.

Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion.

Right-click the “TaskManager” key. Select the “Delete” option.

Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

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

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 the “Options” at the top. Hover the mouse over the 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 the Minimize on use feature, Task Manager gets minimized whenever you use the Switch to option.

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

Method #1

Launch Task Manager. Hit the 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 disabled.

Method #1

Launch Task Manager. Hit the 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

When you open Task Manager, its icon is in the taskbar corner overflow menu. Click the up arrow in the taskbar right to see it.

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

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

What’s Task Manager on Windows 11, and What’s its Purpose?

Windows 11 Task Manager lets you check 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 not required or take much time to startup. If you disable these applications, your computer will start up faster.

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

Notes:

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

What are the modes of Task Manager in Windows 11?

Task Manager has two modes.

The advanced mode has existed for a long time with this operating system. The compact mode shows only basic information about running processes.

Click the More details or Fewer details button (it appears according to the current mode you’re in) to switch between those two modes.

How to Create Task Manager Shortcut

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

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

In the “Create Shortcut” popup, type taskmgr. Hit the “Next” button.

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