The Task Manager plays an important role on Windows computer. It is often used to view the processes, or end an unresponsive program. Here in this post, I summarize eight ways to open the Task Manager in Windows 10.

Notes: If it is your first time to use the Task Manager in Windows 10, it would be displayed with a simple interface, as show below. You can click the More details button on the lower left corner of the window to display its full interface.

task manager

Way 1: from the taskbar

You can quickly open the Task Manager, by right clicking on the Windows 10 taskbar, and then selecting Task Manager from the menu.

right click on taskbar

Way 2: from the Quick Access Menu

Bring up the Quick Access Menu, by pressing Win + X or by right clicking on the Windows icon at the left bottom of the Windows 10 desktop. Then select Task Manager from the menu to open the Task Manager.

Select Task Manager from WinX menu

Way 3: using the Search box

Click in the Search box on the left side of the Windows 10 taskbar, and then type in taskmgr. When the Task Manager (Desktop app) appears in the search results list, click on it to open the Task Manager.

Search taskmgr

Way 4: by Run dialog

Open the Run dialog using Win + R keyboard shortcut. Then type in taskmgr, and click OK.

Run taskmgr

Way 5: from Ctrl + Alt + Del screen

Press Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard shortcut, and then select Task Manager from the screen.

Ctrl+Alt+Del screen

Way 6: from the Start menu

1) Bring up the Start menu, by clicking the Windows icon.

2) Click All apps.

3) Scroll down to the Windows System folder, and click it to expand it. Then click the Task Manager to open it.

Way 7: Open Task Manager with CMD

1) Open a Command Prompt window, by typing cmd in the Search box and then clicking Command Prompt in the search results list.

2) Then type in taskmgr and hit Enter.

Type taskmgr in cmd

Way 8: Open Task Manager with Windows PowerShell

1) Open a Windows PowerShell window, by typing powershell in the Search box and then clicking Windows PowerShell from the results list.

2) Then type in taskmgr and press Enter.

Type taskmgr in powershell