In this tutorial, we'll walk you through several ways to open the Task Manager in Windows 11, from the obvious to the lesser known. Everyone knows that to open Task Manager in Windows 10, you need to right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager. This is the most popular and best known way to start the Task Manager. In addition to the Task Manager, you can use the taskbar context menu to control windows, turn various buttons on and off, show or hide the Cortana voice assistant, news and interests, etc. If you are used to these context menu options in Windows 10, you should prepare for some radical changes after the upgrade to Windows 11.

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How do I open the Task Manager in Windows 11?

In Windows 11, you can't open the Task Manager using the context menu by clicking on the taskbar. For some completely unknown reason, Microsoft has completely removed almost all options from the context menu in Windows 11. All that's left is the single "Taskbar Options" option. A logical question arises: How to open the Task Manager in Windows 11? In this article, we will tell you where to find the Task Manager in Windows 11.

Using the context menu of the Start button

  1. Find the Start menu button (the first icon with four blue squares) and right-click on it.
  2. Select Task Manager.

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You don't have to right-click the Start menu button. Just use the hotkeys on your keyboard: Windows + X, and then select Task Manager.

Using the key combination

In Windows 11, there is still a keyboard shortcut that you can use to start the Task Manager. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc- this shortcut launches Task Manager in Windows 11 without a context menu or additional clicks. This shortcut works from anywhere in the operating system or applications.

Another key combination

The good old Ctrl + Alt + Delete key combination is also a classic way to open the Task Manager. Decades later, these three buttons continue to work as an easy way to bring Windows back to life when it hangs up, or other ways to start the Task Manager don't work. Although Windows 11 has undergone a number of significant changes and improvements, Microsoft has decided to keep the Ctrl + Alt + Delete key combination.

Just press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and then select Task Manager.

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Using a Windows search

You can launch the Task Manager in Windows 11, just like any other default or third-party application, by using Windows Search. Click the Search button on the taskbar (you can also use the keys on your keyboard Windows + S) or open the Start menu and type Task Manager. Windows 11 will show you Task Manager in the search results.

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Non-standard ways to start the Task Manager in Windows 11

There are other, less fast ways to start the Task Manager in Windows 11:

  1. Press the keys on the keyboard Windows + R and enter the following command: taskmgr

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  1. Open Explorer and browse to the folder C:\\Windows\system32. Find the file taskmgr.exe and run it.

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How do I pin the Task Manager to the taskbar?

If you are not satisfied with any of the methods discussed above, you can simply pin it to the taskbar. After that, you will be able to launch it with a single click. To pin the Task Manager to the taskbar, do the following

  1. Open the "Task Manager" application in any way, such as Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Right-click the icon of the running application in the taskbar.
  3. On the context menu that opens, select "Pin to taskbar".

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Now, even if you close the Task Manager, its icon remains on the taskbar. You will be able to start the Task Manager at any time by simply clicking its icon. That's all there is to it. Now you know how to open the Task Manager in Windows 11.

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