How to open Task Manager shortcut for Windows 10, 8 and 7

Task Manager is an important tool when it comes to managing tasks in Windows. It is a great tool which helps you to manage the program the way you want.

It helps us to close frozen and unresponsive applications. It is one of the most important system utility software which comes along with your Windows installation.

It provides user information about current running application, processes, services, startup programs, performance on CPU Usage History and performance of RAM. 

It also gives information about the network utilized and no. of active users on the system.

Most Windows users are looking for Task Manager short cuts in order to close unresponsive applications or to see which application is consuming more memory space. 

In this post I am going to share several ways to open task manager in Windows 10, 8 or 7.

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7 Ways to open Task Manager Shortcut for Windows 10, 8 and 7

There are several ways to open task manager in Windows 10, 8 and 7. The task manager shortcuts are described as follows:-

1. By using Ctrl + Alt + Del key: This is the most traditional way of opening task manager in Windows 10, 8 and 7. As soons as you press combination of Ctrl + Alt + Del key you will get the task manager option as shown in the image below. Clicking on Task manager will open it.


2. Through Run Box: Another way to open Task Manager is through Run box, you need to press Windows + R key on your keyboard and you will get a run box. In Run box you have to type taskmgr and press Enter or click OK to open Task Manager window. This is another way of opening task manager through Run box as shown in the image below.


3. By right clicking the Taskbar: This is the fastest and the most easiest way of opening a task manager. The task manager is hardly 2 clicks away in this method. Here we have to right click on our task bar and select Start Task Manager from the list. So in just 2 clicks you can open the task manager. This was another Task Manager shortcut.


 4. By using Command Prompt: In this method we have to simply press Windows + R key to open Run box and in that we have to type cmd and press Enter or click OK button, The command prompt will get open. In command prompt we have to type the command taskmgr and press enter key and the task manager will open as shown in the image below.

5. By using Ctrl + Shift + Esc key: This is also one of the faster method to open Task Manager in Windows. In this method we need to use combination of Ctrl + Shift + Esc key to open task manager. As soon as you press these three keys, the task manager will open.

Mostly in latest version of Windows such as Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 this method works.

So this is also another way of opening task manager.

6. By using the File explorer option: This is one of the most frustrating and longest method to open task manager. Many windows users and even I do not recommend this method. But then too it is among one way of opening task manager, so I am showing this one also to you.

In this method you have to simply browse through files by opening windows explorer and navigate to the following location:-
C:\Windows\System32
Scroll down and locate taskmgr.exe Once you have navigated and located taskmgr.exe file in Windows explorer, double click on it to open Task Manager.

This was another Task Manager shortcut.

7. Creating short cut for Task Manager on Desktop: In this method we will create a desktop short cut to launch Task Manager.

First we will right click on desktop, select New, and then we will select Shortcut like this as shown in the image below.

A Short cut dialog box will appear as shown in the image below, there we will give the following path and click Next.
%windir%\system32\taskmgr.exe


You will get an another windows which will ask you:
What would you like to name the shortcut for?
Type Task Manager Shortcut and click Finish to exit. Now you have successfully created a short cut to Task Manager on your desktop with this method.

Now whenever you want to launch task manager, simply double the task manager shortcut which you have created on your desktop right now and the task manager will get launched easily.

So these are the 7 short cut ways by which you can open task manager in Windows 10, 8 and 7. Do let me know through comments how this article has helped you in learning Task Manager shortcuts.

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