How to open windows task manager

Sometimes when we want to kill a program that cannot be easily closed by just only hitting the x button, we will open the task manager. But what if that program is manifested by a virus and the common ctrl+alt+delete is not working. Perhaps you just want to know other way to access task manager. Here’s the different ways to access task manager.



1. Ctrl+Alt+Delete

In opening task manager you will probably use ctrl+alt+delete as it is the most common way to open it. Hitting ctrl+alt+delete in Windows Vista will bring you directly to task manager. Today in windows 7, ctrl+alt+delete will not bring you directly to task manager, instead you will see additional button like lock computer, change password, log off and switch user like the previous windows xp does.

2. Run taskmgr

You can use the run command to open applications, execute commands, go to folder locations and even open a specific web address. To go to run command, press start>all programs>accessories>run or you can just press Windows Key + R. After opening run command, execute this command taskmgr.


3. Ctrl+Shift+Esc

The shortest way to access task manager is to press Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Unlike ctrl+alt+delete, ctrl+shift+esc does not bring up security screen but rather directly to the task manager.

4. Go to taskmgr.exe folder

This is the longest way to access task manager. Even so the longest, if you have no other option then this way might still be helpful. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 then scroll down and find taskmgr.exe or you can just search for it.


5. Create desktop shortcut

If you access it frequently then you might consider creating shortcut to desktop. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 right click taskmgr.exe then select send to desktop (create shortcut).


6. Via Taskbar

Accessing task manager via taskbar is also one of the fastest way. Right click task manager then click task manager. In just two clicks you’re now on the task manager.


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