About Windows Task Manager

What Is The Windows Task Manager?

Launched back in 2015, Windows 10 introduced numerous nifty tools, thereby righting the wrongs of its predecessor, the Windows 8. And, in doing so, it greatly reiterated our affinity for the operating system. In the process, Windows 10 also refurbished numerous age-old elements. One such element is the Windows Task Manager.

Ignoring the Windows Task Manager is tough. It is an overlord, providing us in-depth insights about the programs in the process while granting complete control over them. Although this is the crux of what it does, the Task Manager is quite capable of doing more. Let’s get you familiar with the various elements that enable the utility to do all this.

The Various Sections Of The Windows Task Manager

The Task Manager is designed with numerous sections, with each of them performing an individual action of their own. The guide provided below will introduce you through each of these sections to ensure that you can use them effortlessly:

  • Processes The Processes tab is the first one that you will encounter. This tab is the most basic of all tabs. It simply displays the programs executing on your computer and the resources that they are using. Be it background programs, Windows services, or other, this tab keeps a track of them all.
  • Performance –  The Performance is a dashboard for all major computer components. It provides real-time information for the CPU, Memory, Disk, Wi-Fi connectivity, and your GPU. Additionally, it also displays the CPU model, maximum clock speeds, RAM slots in use, disk transfer rates, and the IP address.
  • App History – The App History tab stores details about the bandwidth utilized by applications over a certain period. This tab is particularly useful when you’re on a metered connection and want to see the applications that have been monopolizing on your data connection.  
  • Startup – There are certain third-party applications that start-up as soon as you boot up your operating system. However, these applications are guilty of hogging up a lot of RAM, often making them unwanted. The Startup tab allows you to effortlessly shut down these tabs, preventing them from starting up as soon as your computer boots up.
  • Users – If your computer is used by a lot of people, the Users will be quite handy for you. If you’re the admin, you can drop in and check the user details, while receiving details about the ongoing processes. However, this is tab isn’t as useful if you are the only one who is using your computer.
  • Details – The Details tab holds all information regarding all the individual processes that might be running on your computer. There is no grouping here, with all the processes being stripped of their program grouping, common names, or any other form of segregation.
  • Services – The Services tab keeps an eye on the dedicated Windows processes, going on in your computer. You can conveniently start or stop any of the services. Keep in mind, though, that most of these services are core processes and you must know more about them before actually using them.

Starting Up The Task Manager

Launching the Windows Task Manager is quite easy. Simply execute the three-finger-salute (Ctrl + Alt + Del), choose the Task Manager, and you’re done. If you want, you can also opt for a shorter route. Instead of pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to directly launch the Task Manager.

Few Advanced Features

The Task Manager was meant to do more than just shut down unresponsive programs. Let’s explore a few of these advanced features:

  • Prioritizing Processes – The Details tab allows you to prioritize certain processes, enabling Windows to tend to these processes before shifting its attention to other processes. Simply right-click on a particular process, select the priority level, and you’re done prioritizing your process.
  • Starting or Stopping Windows Processes – The Services tab facilitates easy to offset, resuming, and closure of processes. All you need to do, is right-click on your desired process and then choose amongst the three options for Start, Stop, and Restart. Before tinkering with these settings, however, you should perform research with due diligence such that you don’t accidentally mess the wrong service up.
  • Run New Tasks – With the help of the Run New Task option, you can now start a new process straight from the Task Manager itself. This is quite useful particularly when you want to see the resources consumed by a particular app. To do this, choose the File option at the top of the Task Manager, then the Run New Task option.

Maggie is a lifelong geek. She loves sharing tips and tricks about new technology and enjoys everything related to computers. Also an avid bookworm and you can always find her, in her favorite laboratory tinkering with computers, smartphones and other devices.