The new Task Manager in Windows 8 has a lot of useful features. Some of them are very obvious but some are quite hidden. You won’t notice them until you really need and find them quite useful. Here are 10 tips about the new features in this new Task Manager in Windows 8 that you may not know, until now.
Tip #1: 5 ways to launch the powerful Task Manager
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, and select Task Manager from the list.
- Press Win+X, and select Task Manager from the Win+X menu.
- On Start Screen, type “Task”, and hit Task Manager from the list.
- On desktop, right click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.
Tip #2: Toggle the resource value units
Right click any process in Processes tab, go to Resource values, and one of the resources. And from there, you can change the display units from Percents to Values, or vice versa.
Tip #3: Switch To or Bring the Application up front
In Processes tab, not only can you kill the process you want to end, but also switch to or bring the process up front, if it’s lost under your other applications. You will need to expand the application tree first, and right click the process you want to Switch To or Bring it Front. The difference between test two is that Switch To will minimize the Task Manager while Bring it Front doesn’t.
Tip #4: Restart Windows Explorer
Right click Windows Explorer process in Processes tab, and choose to Restart right there.
Tip #5: You will love the command line
While in Processes tab, right click one of the columns title and check Command Line to enable it. I guess you will like the clear indication where the processes are located.
You can also right click the process and choose Open file location to go directly there in File Explorer.
Tip #6: Not sure what the process is? Search Online
If you are suspicious about any processes, right click on them and select Search Online. And it opens the default browser and searches the name in the default search engine you have set up. Also note that you can do the same to the processes in Details tab as well.
Tip #7: Multiple view options in Performance graph
I am actually combining a few tips together, as they are all related in the same category.
1. Double click the graph view to toggle between Summery View and Full view.
2. Displaying CPU utilization graph in individual logical process mode. Right click the CPU performance graph → Change Graph To → one of 3 different mode, overall utilization, NUMA nodes, and logical processors.
3. How many slots of RAM used?
4. Copy the performance info and paste them to notepad
5. You can open Resource Monitor right from the bottom of the Task Manager, while still in Performance tab.
Tip #8: Show history for all processes
Go to App history tab, and then go to Option to select show history for all processes to see a full historical resource utilization for all apps, not only those that are currently running, but all apps that have and had run.
You can clear out the history by clicking on the tiny link Delete usage history at the top of App history tab.
Tip #9: More columns to Startup
To find more information about how a startup application performs, right click the Column title and choose more columns from there.
Tip #10: Analyze wait chain
In Details tab, right click the process you want to investigate, and select Analyze wait chain.
And the Analyze wait chain window pops up with a list of processes the process is either waiting or depending on running. If you see one from the list that holds up the main process, terminate it right there.
This is actually a great feature that would allow you to easily determine if a non-responsive application is waiting on another process to finish, and to terminate it right from there. To my own opinion, this is the best of all tips I am sharing in this post. I am actually saving the best at last.
That’s all for now…until next time, I guess. How many of these features have you not known of?
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Last updated: 08/04/2014