Windows 10 Task Manager Show Command Line


Microsoft made a drastic change to its Task Manager in Windows 10, as a developer and pro consumer this is a very welcome change. As Windows 10 receives new major updates on a regular basis, the Task Manager also welcomes new features as well. For instance, upcoming major Windows 10 update this Fall will include the GPU usage in the Task Manager. It’s a welcome addition to the gamers, graphic/video designer and cryptocurrency miner to monitor their system load.

That said, as a developer, one of the most helpful information the Task Manager provides is the processor’s command line argument, i.e. what are the flags and switches a given processor was invoked with. In Windows 10, Microsoft moved where you can toggle the “Command line” info. The specific location of where to turn on the command line info has changed since Windows 7’s Task Manager. It does not mean that Windows 10 has removed this feature. No feature is removed in Task Manager. They are just re-arranged with a different presentation. We’ve covered Command Line in Windows 10’s Task manager in one of the top 10 features, but this is a more in depth guide on how you can check Command line info.

In Windows 10, you can turn on the command line by going to the Task Manager > Processes, right click and choose “Command line“.

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This will add an additional command line column in Task Manager’s Processes tab.

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What about Details tab? You too can add Command line information to the old Details tab. Unlike in Windows 7, there is no option for showing command line when you click the “Options” or “View” menu. Instead, the hidden gem lies in the right click of the column bar again.

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By right click, any columns under Details tab, go to “Select columns” and select “Command line”

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Now, the Details tab shows Command line info of all the running processes as well.

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There you have it, two ways to view Command line arguments inside Windows 10’s Task Manager.


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