Task manager helps in getting limited information about a computer performance, running applications and more. In short, you can use the handy windows tool to start certain programs or end them. So, it’s more of a troubleshooting tool which is broken up into multiple tabs.
Each tab is associated with a particular category such as the running applications, running processes, Windows services, the computer’s performance, network utilization, and the users that are currently logged in. If you are connected to a network, you can also use Task Manager to view network status and see how your network is functioning.
That said how to use the Task Manager? Well, there are multiple ways of launching this handy tool, marked as shortcuts in different versions of Windows OS.
Bringing up Task Manager in Windows
A tiny but useful tip which tells you how to bring up the Task Manager directly in Windows 7 & Vista.
Hit CTRL + ALT + DEL key combo in XP and you get the Task Manager running !
To get the same in Windows 7, follow the above step and you should see a dialog, from where you can select ‘Start Task Manager’.
In Windows 7 or Vista, to get task manager directly, hit CTRL + SHIFT + ESC instead !!!
In the most recent version of windows – Windows 8, the task has been made much simple. All you need to do is Press Win+X in combination to bring up the ‘Power Task Menu’. From there, you can select the ‘Task Manager’ option.