9 Ways to Launch the Task Manager in Windows 10

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If you are using Windows then one time or the other, you might find yourselves using Windows Task Manager. You may use it either to check the processor and memory usage, to end unresponsive process, to check background processes, to enable or disable startup programs, etc.

As you can tell, Task Manager in Windows is an important tool that helps in a lot of situations. To launch the Task Manager, most of us only know a couple of ways. But there are quite a few ways to launch the Task Manager. Knowing different ways might help when you cannot launch the Task Manager in your usual way. So, here are nine different ways to launch the Task Manager in Windows.

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Launch the Task Manager from Taskbar

Launching the Task Manager from the Taskbar is one of the most known and used ways in Windows. To launch the Task Manager from the Taskbar, simply right-click on the Taskbar and then select the option "Task Manager." The good thing about this approach is that it works on almost all versions of Windows.

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Ctrl + Alt + Del Keyboard Shortcut

Ctrl + Alt + Del is one of the most famous ways to launch Task Manager when the system is not responding. When you press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Del, it interrupts whatever is happening in your system and takes you to the secure screen. From this screen, you can launch the Task Manager. The good thing about this keyboard shortcut is that it allows you to do other things like signing out of the current session, locking your system, and switching users.

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From Power User Menu

Microsoft introduced a new feature called Power User menu back in Windows 8. This little feature is pretty helpful as it lets you access some of the important parts of the Windows system without fiddling with the Control Panel. As such, you can also access the Task Manager from the Power User menu. All you have to do is, press the keyboard shortcut "Win + X" and then press "T."

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Using Start Menu

Obviously, you can easily launch the Task Manager by simply searching for it in the Start Menu. If you want to, you can also open the Task Manager as an administrator by selecting the option "Run as Administrator" from the right-click menu.

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Alternatively, you can also find the Task Manager under the "Windows System" folder in the Windows 10 Start Menu.

From File Explorer

Since the Task Manager is an application built into Windows, you can also launch it using the executable. To do that, open the File Explorer using the keyboard shortcut "Win + E" and navigate the following location.

C:\Windows\System32

Here, find the file "taskmgr.exe" and double-click on it to launch the Task Manager. Just like in the Start Menu, you can launch it with the admin rights using the right-click menu.

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Using Run Command

You can launch almost any Windows application using the Run dialog box, provided you know the file name or actual command. To launch the Task Manager, all you have to do is open the Run dialog box by pressing "Win + R," type "taskmgr" and then press the enter button.

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Using Command Prompt or PowerShell

This is one of the lesser known ways but you can actually launch the Task Manager and several other applications directly from the Command Prompt or PowerShell. To launch the Task Manager from Command Prompt or PowerShell, simply type the below command and press the enter button.

taskmgr

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Using AutoHotKey

If you think that the above keyboard shortcut placement is awkward then you can create a custom keyboard shortcut using the AutoHotKey. For instance, you can use the below script to quickly launch the Task Manager using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + '. Of course, you can always customize the shortcuts as per your needs.

; Launch Task Manager
^'::run taskmgr.exe ;Ctrl + '
return

That's all for now and do comment below sharing your favorite way to launch the Task Manager in Windows.