Task Manager as you all know is very important functionality in Windows, and in many ways for you to eliminate and pin-point errors and at the same a quick way for you to know the general performance of your computer; to find out what programs and services are currently running on your system; what is the processor speed and how many processes are taking place at a given time; along with finding out the network statistics and the users in the network.

Ways to open the Task Manager

There are three main ways how you can open the Task Manager on your Windows 7. The quickest and the easiest way is to right click on a empty spot anywhere along your taskbar and you get the open “Task Manager”, and clicking on it will open your Task Manager. Secondly, if you press CTRL, ALT and DEL buttons on your keyboard all together at one time, you get a menu window and there you can choose Task Manager. Alternatively, if you press CTRL, Shift, and ESC, together the Task Manager automatically opens.

Where is my Task Manager?

If you had tried all the above steps and still cannot seem to get the Task Manager open, one of the possibilities is that a virus attacked your computer.  In this case you can ensure by running your anti-virus software to ensure you have no virus on the computer or if you are one a computer network, it could be possible that your administrator has turned off the task manger. If you are not on a network and your anti-virus is up to get and no threat is detected, a common mistakes a lot of users overlook is that the Task Manager could be already be running and it was minimised; when minimised it sits on the right corner or the notification area of the taskbar as a green flashy icon and by double clicking on it you can open your Task Manager. You can undo this option of hiding the task manger when minimised by selecting Options menu on the Task Manger and uncheck the “Hide When Minimized” option.

Understanding Task Manager

Task manager registers or every activity on your computer. Every program that is running on your computer has a process licked to it. You can view is by opening the task manager by the above mentioned ways and click on theProcesses tab, here you will see all processes that are under your user login. If you are in a network and want to see the program processes of all the users, you can click on the option Show processes from all users, you will be prompted for a password in most cases if you are the administrator.  If you want a detailed understanding of a particular process, right click on it and select properties; the properties dialog box will detail a brief description of this process, the location and the size and on this dialog box if you click the Details tab it gives you more detailed information.

As easy as it sounds Task Manager is a helpful resource centre.