Windows 11 New Task Manager: How to Get & Enable

Find out how to quickly access Task Manager on your device

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Key notes

  • The Task Manager in Windows 11 is one of the best tools to identify troublesome apps and end their processes. 
  • Some new features include improved tabbed sections with the hero element feature displaying the computer's name, model, CPU, GPU, and memory.  
  • One of the easiest ways to open the Task Manager on Windows 11 is by using the Start menu.
Task Manager Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with a new and improved Task Manager that shows you programs, processes, and services currently running on your computer.

You can easily monitor the performance of your device or close a program that isn’t responding using the Task Manager.

When compared to the old version, the Windows 11 version of the Task Manager does hold some potential to improve the speed of your computer. It now comes with a sidebar menu that includes more options.

The new Task Manager uses WinUI to match the latest Windows 11 design principles. It also comes with dark mode support and a new settings page that allows modifying the update speed of your device.

The new design is far from perfect. However, Microsoft is trying to address UI consistency issues in the operating system, and we can expect more improvements to show up in future builds.

All you need to know about Windows 11’s Task Manager

The Task Manager in Windows 11 is one of the best tools to identify troublesome apps and end their processes.

With the latest version of Windows 11, Microsoft is trying to explore a new and improved Task Manager.

The new version can display the same set of screens, such as Processes, Performance, App History, Startup Apps, Users, Details, and Services.

Nevertheless, there are a few noticeable changes. Below is a list of some new features that come in handy with the new Task Manager.

  • A new sidebar menu that houses options like Processes and Performance
  • Improved tabbed sections with the hero element feature display the computer’s name, model, CPU, GPU, and memory
  • New settings page to modify the Task Managers update Speed and more
  • Command bar on each page to help users access everyday actions
  • A unique feature named Efficiency Mode to limit an app’s CPU usage is also added

What is the shortcut key of Task Manager?

There are two sets of shortcut keys you can press to open the Task Manager directly on your device.

The first set of keys is CTRL + ALT + DEL. This set of keys is mainly used when your device encounters some bugs while performing a specific task and the screen freezes.

This combination allows the user to terminate the hung application and reboot the system if that doesn’t work.

However, you can also use this to access the Task Manager if required. Once you press these keys together, you’ll be redirected to the Security Options, from where you can access the Task Manager.

The second Task Manager shortcut of keys is CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. By pressing these keys altogether, the Task Manager will open directly.

How can I open Task Manager in Windows 11?

Opening the Task Manager in Windows is a very easy task. There are numerous ways to do so on your Windows 11 device.

1. Open Task Manager from Windows 11’s taskbar

1. Press the Windows + X keyboard shortcut.

2. The WinX menu will now open, also known as the Power menu.

3. Locate Task Manager in the list of options.

4. Click on it.

open task manager from the taskbar windows 11

5. Task Manager is now opened on your screen.

One of the easiest ways to get to the Task Manager in Windows 11 is via right-clicking on the taskbar, and then selecting the tool from the WinX menu.

This is simple and can be done at any time on your PC, regardless of what programs you have opened.

2. Using a Run command

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type taskmgr and hit Enter to open Task Manager.
    Using Run

3. Create a Desktop Shortcut for Task Manager

  1. Right-click on Desktop and select New, then select Shortcut.
    Shortcut icon
  2. It will now ask to enter the file path. Enter the following path as mentioned below:
    C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe
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  3. Now enter the shortcuts name and hit Enter.
  4. You’ve now successfully created a shortcut to open the Task Manager.

4. By running a command in Command Prompt

Click on Start, search for Command Prompt and select Open.
Type taskmgr and hit Enter.
Using cmd
The Task Manager will now open.

5. From the Control Panel

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run console.
  2. Type control and hit Enter.
  3. Once the Control Panel opens, search for the Task Manager in the search bar.
  4. Click on Task Manager under System and the program will open.
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6. Using the Settings app

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Search for Task Manager in the search bar and hit Enter.
  3. Click on the View system resource usage in the Task Manager option to open Task Manager.
    Using Settings
  4. Task Manager will open.

7. Using Windows Terminal

  1. Click on the Search icon, type terminal, and select Open.
  2. Type taskmgr and hit Enter.
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  3. The Task Manager will now open.

8. Using the Start menu

  1. Click on Start and select All Apps.
  2. Scroll down and click on Windows Tools.
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  3. Then, click on Task Manager.
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9. Using Windows Powershell

  1. Click the Search icon on your taskbar, type powershell, and select Open.
  2. Type taskmgr and press Enter.
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  3. The Task Manager app will now open.

How do I get Task Manager on my Taskbar Windows 11?

If you were wondering how to use Quick Launch in Windows 11, the answer is you can’t.

Unfortunately, Quick Launch is not available in Windows 11 so the closest thing you can get to that function is to add Task Manager.

So, here’s a quick way to add Task Manager on your Taskbar in Windows 11:

  1. Click the Search icon from the taskbar and type task manager.
  2. Then, click on Pin to Start from the results under Task Manager.
    task manager windows 11

How do I open Task Manager in a folder?

You can also open the Task Manager using its executable file called Taskmgr.exe. This exe file is present in the drive where your Windows is installed. Here is how you can open the Task Manager in a folder:

  1. Open This PC from the desktop.
  2. Click on the drive in which your Windows 11 is installed and navigate to the following path:
    C:\Windows\System32
  3. Search for Taskmgr.exe and open it.
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  4. Doing so will open the Task Manager in Windows 11.

How do I enable Task Manager permanently?

  1. Download ViveTool from GitHub to enable the new Task Manager.
  2. Double-click on the zip folder and open it with File Explorer.
  3. Extract and install the tool.
  4. Now click the Search icon, type command prompt and select the Run as administrator option.
  5. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and hit Enter (replace FOLDER PATH with the actual path of the folder where you installed the app):
    C:\FOLDER\PATH\ViveTool.exe
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  6. Type in the following command to enable the new Task Manager on Windows 11 and hit Enter:
    vivetool addconfig 35908098 2
    Enable new task manager
  7. Once done with these steps, restart your device, and the resigned Task Manager experience will be available on your installation of Windows 11.

Why is my Task Manager not showing?

The Task Manager needs to function properly as it monitors how your system’s resources are being utilized.

But recently, many of our readers have complained that Task Manager is not showing or not working in Windows 11.

As Task Manager is an important utility tool, it’s essential to fix it. Below are some troubleshooting methods to help you fix the problem:

1. Run an SFC scan

  1. Click on Start, search for command prompt and select Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and hit Enter:
    sfc/scannow
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  3. Once the scanning is over, close the Command Prompt window, restart your device, and check if Task Manager opens.

This error can also occur due to the presence of corrupted files on your system. Run an SFC or System File Checker scan to get rid of these corrupted files. Besides that you can give a try to a specialized tool that will scan your system and fix any errors related to corrupted system files.

Get Fortect

2. Run a DISM scan

  1. Click on the Search icon, type command prompt and click on Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following commands one by one and hit Enter after each one:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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  3. Restart your device and check if the Windows Taskbar is now working.

System image corruptions are also known to cause issues like these. Run a DISM Scan to repair any system image corruptions on your device.

3. Disable the third-party antivirus

The third-party antivirus software installed on your device can also cause this issue. Disable any antivirus software installed on your device and check if the Task Manager starts running.

If disabling the antivirus didn’t work, uninstall it temporarily and check for the same.

4. Switch the account using Admin Profile

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue box, type netplwiz and hit Enter.
  2. Choose the profile to modify and click on Properties.
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  3. Navigate to the Group Membership tab and select Administrator.
  4. Click on Apply and then on OK to save the changes.
    Group Membership tab

This error can also occur due to a lack of access permissions. To fix this, switch the user account using the admin profile.

Several users complain about corrupt user profiles in Windows 11. Rest assured that our guide shows you what to do in case that happens.

How do I restore Task Manager tasks?

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run console window, then type regedit and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager
  3. Right-click on the TaskManager key and select Delete to restore the Task Manager tasks.
    Delete Taskmgr from regedit
  4. Once the TaskManager key is deleted, Windows forgets its settings and launches Task Manager with its default settings and tasks.

There isn’t any direct method to reset Task Manager to its default settings. Deleting the TaskManager key in the registry editor will make it run in compact mode.

Does Windows 11 have a dark-mode Task Manager?

Similar to other Microsoft components that are being updated the new Task Manager is getting a new design as well as dark mode support. This redesign was offered to the app with the Insider build 22538.

This new re-designed version of Task Manager follows the same design guidelines as Windows 11 does.

However, the dark Task Manager Windows 11 is still under testing and sometimes can cause the application to crash.

How do I enable dark mode in Windows 11?

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the Personalization tab and click on Colors.
  3. Beside Choose your mode click on the drop-down menu and select Dark.
    task manager windows 11

Switching to dark mode in Windows 11 brings only cosmetic changes. It won’t affect the performance of your device in any way and could be disabled anytime.

How do I bring up Task Manager in Remote desktop?

While navigating to a Windows device remotely there are a variety of things you can perform including launching the Task Manager. Using the Task Manager is easy on a remote system.

You can open the Task Manager directly by pressing the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys on a remote system. Also you can use any of the steps mentioned above to do the same.

What are the most common Task Manager issues?

Despite being the best Windows performance monitoring utility, the Task Manager can still encounter some problems.

Below is a list of some common issues faced by the Task Manager:

  • Task Manager crashing on Windows 11
  • Task Manager disabled on Windows 11
  • Windows 11 Task Manager not working
  • Task Manager missing on Windows 11
  • Windows 11 Task Manager not showing processes
  • Windows 11 Task Manager not showing network usage

If you are also facing any of these issues read our post on how to fix the Task Manager on Windows 11.

What to expect from the redesigned Windows 11 Task Manager?

As we wrote above, the redesigned Windows 11 Task Manager is still in its early stages of development. So it doesn’t contain many modern design changes at the moment.

Many more changes are expected to come as Microsoft is bringing back the Eco mode as Efficiency mode.

However, it will be somehow limited, and users can only apply the Efficiency mode to a single process and not to the entire group.

Well, this was all about Task Manager in Windows 11. We hope the steps mentioned were able to help you.

You might also be interested in our article on how to open Task Manager when it’s disabled by the Administrator.

If you still have any issues or want to make any suggestions, do let us know in the comments below.

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