As I mentioned earlier in an article comparing Windows 7 with Windows 10, Task Manager has been completely redesigned. It’s much easier to use now by default, but if you really want to get all the details like before, you can still get them.
There are a couple of other shortcuts and small options I found while playing with Task Manager in Windows 10.
In this post, I’m going to review just a few of the simple tricks / tips I’ve learned and hope you enjoy using the new Task Manager if you have a Windows 10 PC. Read my other posts in Windows 10 Task Manager if you like delve into many details.
Opening the Task Manager in Windows 10
There are a couple of ways to get into the task manager in Windows 10 that are worth mentioning here.
1. You can press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC if you love keyboard shortcuts.
2. You can right-click To start button o Taskbar and click Task Manager.
3. Press the Windows key + R, and then type taskmgr.exe.
4. Press CTRL + HIGH + DELETE and then select Task Manager.
There are many ways to access the Task Manager. Depending on how you use your computer, I’m sure one of these four will work for you.
Add additional columns
From time to time, I need to see additional information about a Windows process, such as the PID (process identifier). In Windows 10, you can right-click on any header and add more columns by checking them.
See Logic Processors
Today many consumer computers have multiple wires / CPU wires. If you have certain applications that can use multiple kernels and want to verify that the process load is being distributed, you can go to the Performance tab, click CPU, and then right-click and choose Change the chart to and then choose Logic processors.
By default, Task Manager will only show global CPU usage. You can now see the usage of each logical processor in the system. Sweet.
Windows 10 Task Manager has an interesting feature that allows you to see the impact that a boot process has on the system. This is very useful for quickly finding out which startup programs are slowing down the boot process.
By default, the data you see on the performance tab only shows the last 60 seconds. If you want to change it, you can click I will see, Update speed i tria High, Normal or low.
High will monitor for a period of 30 seconds and low will monitor for a period of 4 minutes. Low will also load less load on the machine during control. The 4-minute time interval is useful if you need to see performance for more than 60 seconds.
If you go to Ethernet in Performance, you can right-click on the graph and choose View network details.
Here you can see detailed information about your network connection, including link speed, network usage, bytes sent, bytes received, and more.
System activation time
Fortunately, you no longer need to download any programs to view system uptime in Windows. Just go to the Performance tab, click on CPU and you will see Activity time at the bottom:
Another interesting feature of Task Manager is the summary view. Right-click any performance metric on the Performance tab and choose Summary view.
You now have a nice, small, compact dialog that you can move anywhere on your desktop or other screen if you have dual monitors and monitor performance while running other apps and programs.
That’s all! Windows 10 is definitely a good upgrade from previous versions of Task Manager, and hopefully will give you a little more information on how you can use it more efficiently. Enjoy!