Task Manager: How to open it and how to make a shortcut to it

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
Software Managing Editor
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One of the core tools for monitoring the wellbeing of your computer system is the Task Manager. This handy little tool lets you see all the programs that are opened in the background, what processes each of these programs have, how much CPU and RAM they take up, and more.

It is also one of the only surefire ways you can close an unwanted program. That is precisely why knowing how to access it as soon as possible can allow you to get rid of some PC issues faster.

Not many users know how to access the Task Manager, let alone create a shortcut to it. That is precisely why we’ve decided to create a step-by-step guide, so that the Task Manager will always be at just a click’s distance away.

How do I open the Task Manager?

The only inconvenience is that getting to the Task Manager can be a real pain. There are a couple of methods for you to access it, but they all involve key combinations that aren’t that easy to remember.

For example, the quickest ways to access the Task manager are the following:

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and then choose the Task Manager from the menu
    • This method is probably the most commonly known
  • Simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Esc 
  • Press Windows + X to access the Power User menu, and select the Task Manager from there
  • Right-click the Taskbar
  • Run taskmgr from the Run Box or Start Menu
  • Look for taskmgr.exe in File Explorertask manager

How do I create a Task Manager shortcut?

Given that there are so many options to choose from, it was only a matter of time until someone asked themselves if there was a way you could create a shortcut to it.

1. Create a Taskbar shortcut

  1. Open the Task Manager using any of the methods listed above
  2. Right-click on the Task Manager‘s icon on the Taskbar
  3. Select Pin to Taskbar

2. Create a desktop shortcut

  1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop
  2. Choose New
  3. Select Shortcut
  4. In the location search box, type in C:\Windows\System32
  5. Name the shortcut Task Manager

By following these steps you should be able to create a shortcut to the Task Manager either on the taskbar or on the desktop. This will allow you to access it at any time through just a simple click, so you no longer have to rely on the access methods mentioned above.

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