How does the Windows Task Manager work

This is how the Windows Task Manager works

Import import

With the task manager, Windows has a powerful tool for dealing with unruly or hidden programs and with Windows breakdowns. We are therefore introducing you to the Windows Task Manager in detail.

EnlargeThis is how the Windows Task Manager works
EnlargeClick here on the right: The Task Manager can be started in a flash

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You can usually tell which programs are started in Windows by looking at the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. There the opened windows are waiting for you to return to them with a mouse click or the key combination Alt + Tab.

This task bar does not show any programs that run invisibly in the background. The task manager is intended for this under Windows. From this you elicit information about processes that Windows is currently busy with.

Open and close the task manager
Most users use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open the Task Manager. However, this first starts the "Windows Security" dialog box, which, in addition to logging out and shutdown options, also has a button for starting the Task Manager.

EnlargeIf necessary, you can also start programs via the Task Manager

You can save yourself this detour if you know the direct route to the task manager: Shift + Ctrl + Esc. Mouse fans can get there almost as quickly: simply right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and select TASK MANAGER.

Savior in an emergency: A very practical tool of the Task Manager is inconspicuously in the FILE menu. There you will find the command NEW TASK (EXECUTE). This is roughly the same as START / EXECUTE. This tool is your lifeline if Windows gets tangled up particularly badly and no longer even shows a start menu. Because the Task Manager works almost always when you call it up using a keyboard shortcut. So if you want to run a utility (e.g. the DOS window cmd.exe) to fix or research the Windows "hang", you can try starting it this way.