How to Open the Task Manager in Windows 11

Task Manager, originally known as Windows Task Manager, is a system monitor and startup manager for Windows computers. You can use it to view which applications, background applications, and processes are currently running. One of the primary uses of Task Manager is to force quit specific unresponsive applications. There are many ways to access Task Manager – we’ll discuss the main ones in this guide.

Open the Task Manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc

There is a direct keyboard shortcut to open the Task Manager.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager on your computer.

    Use keyboard shortcuts
    Use keyboard shortcuts to open Task Manager.

Open the Task Manager using Ctrl + Alt + Delete

If your screen is stuck, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keyboard shortcut and access the Task Manager.

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task Manager.

    Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open Task Manager
    Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager.
  1. Press the Search icon in the taskbar (you can also search by clicking on the start menu).

    Click on the Search icon
    Open the Search icon.
  2. Search for “task manager”. Once the app appears, click on Open to launch it.

    Search Task Manager
    Launch the Task Manager.

Open the Task Manager using Control Panel

  1. Press the Windows key, search for the Control Panel and click Open.

    Open Control Panel
    Launch the Control Panel app.
  2. Search for “task manager” in the search bar and click on Task Manager under System.

    Click on Task Manager
    Select Task Manager under System.

Open the Task Manager using Run

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run tool. Type taskmgr and click on OK. The Task Manager will automatically launch.

    Open run command
    Open Task Manager using the run command.

Open the Task Manager using Windows Power User Menu

  1. Right-click on the Windows icon. Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows + X. This will open up the Windows Power User Menu. From the menu, click on Task Manager.

    Click Task Manager
    From the Windows Power User Menu, choose Task Manager.

Open the Task Manager using Command Prompt

  1. Press the Windows key and search for “cmd”. Once the Command Prompt app shows up, click on Open to launch the Command Prompt.

    Open Command Prompt
    Launch the Command Prompt app.
  2. Type taskmgr in the command prompt. Press Enter to launch the command, and the Task Manager will open.

    Enter task manager command
    Enter taskmgr in the command prompt and press Enter to open Task Manager.

Open the Task Manager using PowerShell

  1. Press the Windows key and search for PowerShell. Press Open to open the Windows PowerShell app.

    Open PowerShell
    Open the Windows PowerShell app.
  2. Type taskmgr and press Enter to launch Task Manager.

    Enter task manager command
    Enter the task manager command to launch Task Manager.

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