Task Manager – Shortcuts and Tricks

M.Sc. Jan Hörnemann

Task Manager – Shortcuts and Tricks

The Task Manager is a very useful tool in a Windows computer. But what the Task Manager can do and what benefits you can get from this small control center and what Task Manager tricks there are, we explain in today’s blog.

Start the program

There are two different ways to start the Task Manager. The first way works without the help of a shortcut. Click with the right mouse button on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. In the window that opens, click on Task Manager.

The second way to start the Task Manager is with the key combination Ctrl-Alt-Del. With this shortcut, Windows switches to a submenu where you can choose between Lock, Switch User, and Logout to start the Task Manager.

If you have successfully completed one of these steps, the Task Manager will open and look something like this:

Task Manager
In our example only the process: “Snipping Tool” is running, with which this screenshot was created.

Task Manager Tricks

Now we see many figures and other facts that the Task Manager provides us with. A very useful function can be found behind the Autostart tab. To see this tab you have to click on the button “More details” first.

After pressing this button, you can click on the “Autostart” tab and get an overview of the processes that are automatically started when the computer boots. If you like, you can remove programs from the startup, but you can also add some.

The second trick you can do with the Task Manager is to stop a program or the process behind a program. Many of us know it when a program stops responding and crashes for various reasons. If nothing helps anymore and the program has hung up completely, it is worth closing the process for this program manually in the Task Manager. This way you can save yourself the trouble of restarting your computer.

Finally, we will deal with the computing load. In the standard Task Manager window, you will see a percentage figure that indicates what percentage of the current computing load a process takes up. If your computer is very slow, one reason may be that there is a process running in the background that is consuming an extremely large amount of computing power. You can detect such processes using Task Manager and turn them off.

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M.Sc. Jan Hörnemann

Hello dear reader, my name is Jan Hörnemann. I am a TeleTrust Information Security Professional (T.I.S.P.) and have been dealing with information security topics on an almost daily basis since 2016. CeHv10 was my first hands-on certification in the field. With a Master of Science degree in Internet Security, I have learned about many different aspects and try to share them in live hacking shows as well as on our blog. In addition, I am active as an information security officer and have been qualified by TÜV for this activity (ISB according to ISO 27001)