Ever wondered what you could do with the Task Manager on your Windows PC. The Task Manager helps you better understand, monitor the process, programs, and services running on your Windows PC.
But this post will help with Windows 10 Task Manager tricks that will save you a lot of time and make you more productive.
But before beginning with this Windows 10 Task Manager tricks, let’s see the different ways you can open Task Manager.
One way you can do it is, make a right click on task bar and select Task Manager.
Another way is to go to the power user menu. Go to the lower left and right-click on the start menu or you can use the Windows key + X combination and select Task Manager.
The most common way, users open Task Manager is using the ctrl+alt+del key combination. This opens the security screen from where you can access the Task Manager.
But the fastest way to access the Task Manager is the ctrl+shift+esc keyboard short.
Getting started with Windows 10 Task Manager Tricks
- Fixing Frozen Programs
At times, programs on our windows 10 PC get frozen and are not responding, waiting for them to respond does not make sense as they are completely non-responsive and you can easily fix them with Task Manager.
Just open the Task Manager, with any of the above-shown ways, and select the task that is frozen or is not responding, and select end task. But doing this may result in loss of data, so before doing this, it is better to use analyze wait chain feature, which shows what process is waiting or process that is causing this issue.
Also Read: How to Speed up Boot Time in Windows 10 PC
To use this, on the top of the Task Manager, go to the Details tab and select the process that is not responding and now right-click on it and select analyze wait chain, if you find any process running, select it and hit end process button. This solves the problem without closing the program.
2. Fixing UI Elements
Windows UI has always been buggy and it sucks on the windows 10 too and Microsoft is also working on it to make it smoother and responsive, but sometimes you can have a problem with the taskbar, start menu, or any other UI elements and Task Manager can help you with it.
In the Task Manager, find windows explorer and right-click on it and select restart, for some moment you may see certain programs are not visible and when they appear again they will be working properly.
3. Setting Up Logical Processors
You may have noticed the performance tab on the top of the Task Manager, but rarely used it. This is where it might be useful. The performance tab helps you monitor your computer’s performance.
To avoid distraction, go to view and pause the update speed and in the left pane, you can see CPU usage and many other component details like memory, disk, GPU, and wi-fi direct.
Select CPU, which shows the overall CPU utilization. As computers now have multiple cores, to view how each core is performing, right-click in the graph area, and select change graph to and select logical processor.
Now instead of seeing overall CPU utilization, you can see how each core performs.
Also, you can copy performance data, just right-click anywhere and select copy and paste it wherever you want.
4. Open Resource Monitor
Open resource monitor, you can get a ton of information here including real-time data of CPU, memory, disk, and network.
5. Search Suspicious Processes
Inside Task Manager, if you find some processes that you are not aware of and are suspicious about them, you can search and know more about it using Task Manager.
Inside the process tab, select a process and right click on it and select search online, this will open your browser on your PC and will tell more about the process that you are suspicious about.
6. Adding More Columns
Ever wondered how to add more columns to the Task Manager and get additional details about a process? You can do it this way.
Just right-click in the header area and select any of the following like publisher and process name, which tells you about the application publisher and process name shows the executable name of the process.
7. Changing Resource Values
The Task Manager shows details about processes like CPU, GPU, memory, disk, network, and power usage using absolute values like mega-bytes.
To change this resource values, right-click on any column and choose resource value and choose any of the following like memory, disk, and network and change to percent, now every detail will be shown in percentage values instead of mega-bytes.
You can see that values in the disk column have changed from Mega-bytes to percentile.
8. Open File Location
Ever had problems finding the file location of any installed program on your PC, a good Task Manager can help you with this too.
Select any process and right click on it and select open file location.
9. Startup Impact
As the name suggests, startup impact will help you speed up Windows 10 boot up, if it is slow.
Just open Task Manager, go to the startup tab, and then to the startup impact column to see processes that are slowing down the boot-up speeds and select any of the applications that you do not want to run during bootup and hit the disable button to disable them.
I hope these tricks will help you be productive and will save you time. If we have missed down any of the trick or tip, you can comment on them below and let us know. Do like and share.