Using Task Manager: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about using Task Manager.

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How do I open Task Manager?

  • Open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar, and then clicking Start Task Manager.

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  • You can also open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then clicking Start Task Manager.

For more information about Task Manager, see Open Task Manager.

Why won't Task Manager start?

If Task Manager won't start, your computer might have a virus. Make sure that you have up-to-date antivirus software installed on your computer. For more information, see Viruses: frequently asked questions.

If your computer doesn't have a virus and you're connected to a network, check with your system administrator to find out if Task Manager has been turned off on your computer.

Why can't I find Task Manager when it's minimized?

Task Manager might be set to Hide When Minimized. When this setting is activated, Task Manager only appears as a green graph icon in the notification area, rather than appearing in the taskbar as other programs do when minimized.

Open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar, and then clicking Start Task Manager.

Click the Options menu. If there's a check mark next to Hide When Minimized, click that option to remove the check mark. The next time you minimize Task Manager, it will appear on the taskbar.

Why does Task Manager look different? Where have the menus and tabs gone?

Task Manager has two different views. To see the view that includes menus and tabs, double-click the border of the Task Manager window. To switch back to the view without menus and tabs, double-click anywhere in the border around the tabs.