March 18, 2016

7 Secrets of Windows Task Manager every computer user should know

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Molly M @ 4:29 pm
  1. Launching Task Manager

It sounds basic, but a lot of people use more steps than needed to launch Task Manager. In fact, if you were asked to launch it right now, you’d probably hit the handy shortcut CTRL + ALT + DEL ¬†and then select Task Manager from the list of options.

2. More advanced freeze fixing

Everyone was recently told how to fix a frozen computer. More often than not, however, it is a single program that is going to freeze on you. If you wait long enough, Windows will usually give you the option of shutting it down, but who wants to wait?

3. Before doing a full restart

On occasion, you’ll run into the situation where your programs aren’t frozen, but the Windows task bar and folders stop responding. If you wait long enough, sometimes Windows will send you a message that Windows Explorer has crashed and is restarting.

4. Find Program folders

There are times when you need to find the folder where a program or Windows process lives on your hard drive. You could spend many minutes hunting through the hard drive and Program Files and directories. An easier option is to run the program and then open up Task Manager.

5. Keep an eye on performance

Aside from tracking down trouble programs, Task Manager is a great place to keep an eye on your computer’s performance. You can see if a particular program is hogging to many resources, or realize you need to upgrade your RAM or get a faster hard drive.

6. Look up processes online

In Windows Vista and 7, if you want to check out a suspicious process, you need to open up a browser and type the process name to do a search. In Windows 8.1 and 10 simply right click on a process and select “search online” to instantly see what the internet knows about it.

7. Customize Task Manager

By default, Task Manager shows most people what they need to know. However, there are times you might want to know more.

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