Tips and Tricks to Use Windows Task Manager

The Windows Task Manager is an integral asset that consists of valuable data and your system’s general asset utilization details about individual processes. It is the most significant program you will approach when everything else has either frozen or not responsive.

Windows Task Manager has a lot of tips and tricks that users are still not aware of. Let us get in talking about the same:

  • Launching Task Manager using shortcut

Many people will choose to open Task Manager by hitting ‘Ctrl + Alt + Del’ keys on the keyboard and clicking on the ‘Task Manager’ from the options. It is not being denied that this method doesn’t work, but there is another way to open the Task Manager that saves your time, especially when you work a lot with the same.

To open Windows Task Manager, tap ‘Ctrl + Shift + Esc’ on your keyboard, and that will directly take you to the Manager window.

If you want to avoid using Keyboard, right-click anywhere on the Windows Taskbar, and choose ‘Task Manager.’

  • Force shut-down Task Manager

Task Manager freezes very often, and after a few seconds, you’re asked to shut it down while you’re waiting for it to resume working.

To shut down the Task Manager window immediately, click on the ‘Processes Tab’ and’ right-click on that particular frozen process. Select ‘End Process’ to turn it down instantly.

  • Restart if the Program has stopped responding

Just as Windows Task Manager can freeze sometimes, it’s programs can stop responding as well. It’ll make you wait for a while before it flashes the option to ‘Restart’ the program.

To save time and immediately restart the program because its not responding, go to the ‘Processes Tab’ of the Task Manager and right-click on the process that is not working. Select ‘Restart’ to start over the process.

  • Finding Program Folders

There are times when you have to discover the folder where a program or Windows process resides on your hard drive. You could be taking a lot of time chasing through the hard drive and Program Records. A simpler alternative is to open the Task Manager by running a program.

If you have Windows 8.1 or 10, locate the program name in the ‘Processes Tab.’ Right-click on the process and choose ‘Open file location.’ This step will directly take you to the folder.

  • Keep a check on your computer’s performance

Task Manager not only troubleshoots but keeps a check on your system’s performance.

To check the performance of your PC, go to the ‘Performance Tab’ in the Task Manager Window. You’ll come across factors like memory usage, network usage, etc. To check on details, tap on the ‘Open Resource Monitor’ when you scroll to the bottom of the window.

  • Use the Web to look for Processes

You can go online to look for processes, as well. If you’ve Windows 8.1 or 10, right-click on any process and choose ‘Search Online’ to know more about it.

  • Task Manager Customization

You can customize Task Manager according to your need.

To add columns of information in the ‘Processes Tab,’ go to the column header and right-click on the same.  Two sections you should utilize are “Process name” and “Publisher.” The Process name shows you the genuine .exe name of the procedure rather than exactly what it says it is. This can assist you with spotting programs that may be disclosed to you a certain something, yet are actually another.

Additionally, the Publisher segment can reveal to you where the procedure originates from. For instance, a great deal of them will say “Microsoft Corporation.” On the off chance that you detect an organization, you don’t remember, you can find them and check whether they are all good. These choices will be significantly more informative than you likely need.

You can also choose to see the percentage of values with the help of Windows 8.1 and 10. To change the settings for the same, go to the ‘Processes Tab,’ and right-click on the process. Select ‘Resources Values’ and go to the ‘Memory’ option. Now, select ‘Percentage’ to see the percentage of factors like memory used, etc.

  • Launch Task Manager with Explorer

In case, access to File Explorer is lost, open the Task Manager and go to the ‘File’ menu. Click on the ‘Run’ option and browse the commands by typing the short name for the same.

  • Find the Location

To find the location of a process, right-click on the process and choose ‘Show File Location.’ You may also use the Web to search for the location of a file.

Ava Williams is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Mcafee products at mcafee.com/activate.

Source : Windows Task Manager

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