Task Manager is part of an operating system that is found in all Microsoft Windows devices. It allows a desktop user to see all currently running application and processes on the computer as well as the overall performance of the computer.

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If you right click on the task bar from your windows desktop, you will find the task manager within the list of the pop-up menu. You can also access it by holding down the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys on the keyboard and clicking on “Task Manager” from the pop-up menu.

When the task manager is launched, you will see a tabular representation of the processes actively running on your computer. So we will look at these tabs respectively, to understand what they each stand for.

Tabs in Task Manager

Applications Tab: This tab shows all programs currently open or running on the computer. This is likely to be the tab you should focus on if handling situations like your computer running slowly or hanging. All you have to do is end a particular program that has seized and you will regain control of your computer.

Processes Tab: This tab shows all Windows processes that are currently active.

Services Tab: This shows all of the Windows services currently running on the computer.

Performance Tab: This tab shows all the available system resources (CPU, Memory, Disk Drive, Wi-Fi, and Network) and how many percentage of them is being used actively.

Networking Tab: This tab shows all network traffic that is active including LAN and Wireless networks.

Users Tab: This shows the number of users logged into the computer at a time. In recent Windows versions, the summary of processes that each user is using is also displayed.

App History Tab: Shows overall history of each Windows app that has been launched on the computer.

Startup Tab: Shows the list of programs that starts up each time the computer is turned on. The apps listed here have a huge effect on the computers boot time. Within this tab lies the option to disable and enable these startup apps individually.

Details Tab: This tab gives full details of all the processes running on the computer individually.

The Role of the Task Manager

The Windows Task Manager allows you the great opportunity to monitor applications, processes, and services currently running on your PC. You can also start and stop programs and these bunch of processes while also getting the necessary information and statistics about the state of your computer’s performance and network.

Ensure to restore Windows to a previous restore point if and whenever you realize that the Task Manager file is corrupt or not running. It is important to have an active task manager on your computer. It literally saves the day!