If you’re not using the Task Manager on the Start Menu, you’re missing out on an important tool that allows you to manage your apps, save your work and more. It’s hiding in plain sight, and it’s time to make it visible again. Here, we’ll show you how to make the Task Manager more visible in Windows 10, and how to open up Task Manager from the Taskbar.
Task Manager is a very useful and powerful tool. However, it currently doesn’t have a good way to open a window from the taskbar. That’s a huge flaw in Windows 10. If you’ve ever wanted to open Task Manager from the taskbar, you should follow this tutorial.
In Windows 10, we could quickly open Task Manager by simply right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager from the context menu. But with Windows 11 things have changed. In this quick guide, you will learn how to open Task Manager from the taskbar in Windows 11, as well as other ways to quickly open Task Manager in Windows 11.
Open Task Manager from the Windows taskbar
Task Manager and all other options are no longer available when you right-click on the taskbar in Windows 11. In Windows 11, when you right-click on the taskbar, all you see is the Taskbar Options option, which leads to a window where you can change various taskbar options (none of which are associated with the Task Manager back option).
In Windows 11, the Task Manager option has been moved to the context menu when you right-click on the Windows icon (Start button). To quickly open the Task Manager from the taskbar, right-click on the Windows icon instead of clicking directly on the taskbar. Then select Task Manager from the context menu.
The context menu when you right-click on the Windows 11 icon also contains other important applications and system tools such as Device Manager, Disk Manager, Windows Terminal, etc.
Professional advice: To start Task Manager faster next time, you can pin it to the taskbar. This method saves you from right-clicking on the Windows icon. Instead, you can start it quickly by simply clicking on the Task Manager icon after pinning it to the taskbar.
To pin Task Manager to the taskbar when it is open, right-click on the Task Manager icon in the taskbar and select Pin to Taskbar.
3 Other ways to open the Task Manager in Windows 11
Keypad shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
A better way to quickly open the Task Manager is to use the key combination CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. When you execute this key combination (hold down CTRL and SHIFT and press ESC), Windows immediately invokes the Task Manager.
This method is often useful, especially if your mouse doesn’t work or something has crashed and you can’t work with your desktop.
Via CTRL + ALT + DEL Windows Lock Screen
Another way to start Task Manager is to press CTRL + ALT + DEL to open the Windows security lock screen and then select Task Manager from the list of options.
The CTRL + ALT + DEL method is usually used to force the Task Manager to open and close a program or software that is not responding. This method is especially useful when the full-screen window stops responding and you can no longer interact with the desktop. Use the key combination CTRL + ALT + DEL to open the Windows Security Lock screen and from there open the Task Manager.
Open Task Manager by searching for Windows 11
The most time-consuming way to open Task Manager is to search for it in Windows 11, and then open it from the search results. This may seem tedious, but it can be useful for some people who are not so handy with computers.
You can use the keyword – task-manager or taskmgr to search in task manager with Windows 11 Search. Click on Task Manager in the search results to open it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I open the task bar manager?
The task bar manager is a small window that appears on the right side of the task bar. You can open the task bar manager by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner of the task bar.
What is the shortcut to open Task Manager?
On Windows 10, press Windows key + X. On Windows 8, press Windows key + Tab. On Windows 7, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
How do I open Task Manager manually?
Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open the Task Manager.
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