Shortcut For Task Manager: How to Open Task Manager Using Shortcut Keys on Windows PC

Here is how you can access the task manager in multiple ways.

Task Manager in Windows is as the name suggests, a task manager, system monitor,  and also a startup manager. This application is built-in to the Windows operating system and it comes with all the Windows laptops. Previously, this application was also known as Windows Task Manager.

This basic application on Windows gives you information like currently running apps on your machine, which includes both background and foreground running apps and programs. The Performace tab of the app shows the CPU, Memory, Disk, Wi-Fi, and GPU performance with real-time graphs and stats. In addition, you can also see the power usage of each app. The app history tab shows you all the apps that were opened previously including the CPU time. The startup tab on the app shows all the apps that start when you turn it on as soon as you boot up your laptop.

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Further, the Users tab shows all the users who used the laptop or PC along with the status, number of apps running, CPU, Memory, Disk, GPU, and network usage of that particular user.

With so many features built into the Task Manager application, it is a common practice for most Windows users to open task managers and see what apps are taking more memory, storage, or CPU. In this guide, we will take a look at multiple ways to open a Task Manager using different shortcuts and also we have included a couple of keyboard shortcuts in the end for those who want to open a task manager in a couple of seconds.

All of the below-mentioned steps works on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating system, except for one (Taskbar).

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Open Task Manager Using Run Window

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type “taskmgr”
  3. Click on “Ok” / Hit enter
  4. Task Manager application will open

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Open Task Manager Using Start Menu / Search

  1. Click on the Start menu
  2. Type “Task”
  3. You will see an option to open the Task Manager application
  4. Click on it

Open Task Manager Using Command Prompt

  1. Click on the Start menu and search for “cmd” or directly open the command prompt
  2. Type “taskmgr”
  3. Hit Enter
  4. Task Manager will launch immediately

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Open Task Manager Using Taskbar

  1. Click on any empty space on Taskbar at the boom of the screen
  2. In the options, select “Task Manager”
  3. Click on it to access Task Manager

Note: This no longer works on Windows 11

Open Task Manager Using Control Panel

  1. Open Control Panel on your Windows by typing “Control Panel” in the start menu
  2. Click on the “Control Panel” iconOpen Task Manager Using Control Panel
  3. Once Control Panel, search for “Task Manager” on the top right
  4. Under the Systems option, click on “Control Panel”

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Open Task Manager Using Keyboard Shortcuts

We have also included a couple of keyboard shortcuts, which can quickly open up the Task Manager. In our testing, we could open the task manager instantly with the use of these two keyboard shortcuts.

Ctrl + Shift + Escape

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Escape buttons simultaneously
  2. The Task Manager application will open in a new window

Ctrl + Alt + Delete

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete buttons simultaneously
  2. The Task Manager application will open in a new window

These were some of the best methods to open the task manager app on your Windows laptop or PC. Do let us know which one did you find useful in the comment section below.

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