“Ctrl-Shift-Esc” is the keyboard combination that will launch the Windows 10 Task Manager. You can also “right-mouse-click” on the Windows taskbar to invoke a menu where you can launch the Task Manager, as well. The Task Manager is especially useful if you need to kill a program that is negatively impacting your computer. Most techies use the task manager solely for that purpose; however, there is a whole lot more to the Windows 10 Task Manager that is often overlooked. Digital Trends has posted a nice (quick read) run down and video of what other featured utilities are available in the Task Manager that you need to know about — READ MORE
While browsing the web today, noticed that Anvir Task Manager FREE has been upgraded. What I love about this utility is that it is available in a portable version (for the tech toolbox), contains a comprehensive set of tools, and will actually provide a level of protection for your PC when any new application adds itself to startup. This is one heavy duty task manager that will definitely sway you from the task manager that ships with Windows. To get to the downloads section for the portable version of Anvir Task Manager FREE — CLICK HERE
This geek squeak is a quickie, but is pretty neat. If you have Windows 8, right click on the Windows 8 taskbar at the bottom of your screen, and click on Task Manager. When Task Manager loads, click on the Performance tab. On the left side of the Performance Tab you will see graphical user interface for the CPU, Memory, Disk, Ethernet, etc… Left double click on on any of those and voila you will get a sized down widget version of the performance tab in a floating window that can be moved around and is handy when it comes to troubleshooting problems.
To return back to the full size version of the Task Manager, just left double click anywhere inside the floating window.
The NEW and IMPROVED Task Manager that we find in Windows 8 was designed in such a way to not overwhelm the end user and can be quite useful, especially when you need to shut down a task (or program) that is not playing well with your computer. When you first open the Task Manager in Windows 8, you are going to initially find a very basic interface (see below) that will only show what tasks (or programs) are currently active. This basic interface was an on purpose design, with the idea that it makes it easy for the non-technical type of person to get to the task manager, review and shut down tasks (or programs) quickly, then get out.
To get to the more expanded (advanced) options to the Task Manager, you will need to click on “More Details”, which in turn will give you what you see in the screenshot below.
The expanded view is more for the technically inclined individual; however, I encourage new visitors to the Task Manager to not be afraid and go for the tour. You will find tabs for the processes running on your computer, performance gauges, Windows 8 App History, the programs starting up on your computer (which you can disable for troubleshooting purposes), Users, Details (on the programs and processes that are running), and Services. I especially like the Details tab where if I see a process or program that is running that I am not sure of, I can right click on that process or program and perform a Google search to see what exactly the program or process is. So you see, the Task Manager has come a long way and can be used as a great troubleshooting tool.
Now that I have briefly covered the Task Manager, here are four ways to open the Task Manager up in Windows 8?
- At the Windows 8 Start Screen, simply start typing “Task Manager”. You will see the screen populate with a “Task Manager tile. Click on the tile…
- From the Windows 8 Start Screen or the Windows 8 Desktop use the hotkey Ctrl – Shift – Esc on your keyboard.
- At the desktop level, move your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen until you see the Start Screen Button appear. When the button appears, right mouse click on the button and select Task Manager from the menu. Also note the other options on that menu.
- Believe it or not, this is the one I use the most. I guess it is because I have used it from day one when Windows was born. It is what I call the “three finger salute”. Hit the Ctrl – Alt – Del keys simultaneously on the keyboard. You will be taken to the solid colored screen (usually blue by default) where you can select Task Manager. To come out of that screen, simply Esc on the keyboard.
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The browser I primarily use is Google Chrome. A feature in Chrome, that is little used and can be quite handy, is the built-in task manager. The Chrome Task Manager can provide you with details about the specific processes that are running (plus CPU, Network bandwidth being consumed, and a multitude of other options).
The easiest and quickest way I found to get to the task manager is simply right mouse click on Chrome’s tab bar (at the top of the screen) and select Task Manager. You can also get to the Task manager by clicking on the wrenchon the browser toolbar, by selecting Tools and then Task Manager OR use the shortcut keys Shift+Esc.
Chrome’s task manager is quite useful to determine what processes (i.e. tabs, extensions, etc.) is consuming the most memory and CPU cycles. This can be quite helpful when you suspect that there is an errant application or process running that is causing Chrome to misbehave.
To force a webpage or application to close in Google Chrome, select the webpage, then click End process. Sometimes multiple websites might share a single process, depending on how you opened them.
You can also right mouse click within the Task Manager Window to toggle on/off other options that may be helpful when troubleshooting.
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I recently had someone ask me; “Are there any software packages out there (for FREE) that I can use to manage events in my life (such as a calendar, task manager, notebook, reminders, etc…)? I was quick to the draw to the answer and immediately blurted out EPIM – Essential Personal Information Manager. I know there are many online options available today to help manage our life; however, there is just something about putting personal (and private) information about myself out there (online) that just does not sit well with me.
Folks, if you are looking for a software download, for FREE, that will help you manage calendar events in your life, help you manage tasks, help you keep notes, and help you keep contact information (addresses); I highly endorse EPIM. There is even an email client built into EPIM, which to be honest, I turned off and do not use.
I have been using EPIM for years and the most impressive feature that I love about this software is the powerful search feature that is built in. The amount of personal information (such as addresses, notes, tasks, events) that I have accumulated since I started using EPIM is quite a bit; however, I can bring up an information in EPIM’s database very, very quickly. As I type in the search box, the information starts to magically appear. Another draw to me about EPIM is the notekeeping component that allows you to keep unlimited notes in a tree-like multi-level structure.
EPIM is available as a full install on your PC or available as a portable application. It is impressive that such quality software is packaged into a file size of less than 10 MBs. I currently use the portable version of EPIM on my flash drive and would be absolutely lost without it. Oh, I forgot to mention, you can password protect access to your information, as well.
- Excellent usability. Shortcuts that are fun to use and boost your productivity. Easy, intuitive tools arranged right where you need them. Link any item to any other items. Email to Notes, Contacts to Tasks, etc.
- Security. All data can be password-protected and the database file is encrypted with multiple encryption algorithms, with the advanced industry standard AES (Rijndael), 128-bit key, and Blowfish 448-bit* key.
- Versatile import and export capabilities. You can import and export HTML, RTF, CSV, TXT and TreePad. You can perform complete synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook**; and you can import from Outlook Express.
- Available in many languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
- System tray icon with a hotkey for starting and configuring the software.
- Sticky Notes- place any of your Notes onto Desktop and get rid of yellow paper on your desk!*
- Open-source Firebird database. Advanced users and system administrators get great flexibility in managing databases.
- Color-coded, easy-to-read day, week, month, year schedules, with easy set up of recurring tasks or events.
- Completion date, priority, and category properties for each task.
- Integrated synchronization with Microsoft Outlook** and import and export with Outlook Express.
- Full drag-and-drop support for fast rescheduling.
- Easy printout by days, weeks or months, with saving to HTML.
To Do List (To Do):
- Tree-like, flexible to do structure that holds category, priority, completion status, due date, and even reminders for you.*
- Fast and powerful search to find your to do list quickly.
- Easy sorting and categorizing tools.
- Printing that gives you exactly what you see on your screen. Take your to do list with you as you run out the door.
- Tools to organize your data the way you want! Flat, table, tree-like multilevel data structure or any combination you want. Multiple tree and leafs* for each note allow a powerful hierarchical storage.
- No limit on the number of folders and notes. Don’t worry about running out of room.
- Inserting photos, drawings, any kind of pictures, tables, any nicely formatted text: fonts, subscripts/superscripts, colored text background, multilevel bullets and numbering, Unicode, background images.
- Quick searching for any note by its subject, date, word or phrase.
- Powerful printout and save features.
- Clickable (active) hyperlinks in any document.
Contact Manager (Contacts):
- Number of records that outstrip the Outlook Address Book.
- Flexible set of fields, allowing you to easily add your own.
- Complete import/export to and Windows Address Book and CSV format.
- Powerful and fast search and sort features.
- Adjustable views so you can see your information the way you want.
- Full support for POP3 and IMAP accounts.
- Integration with Conteacts and other modules.
- Signatures, mail sorting rules,- everything you need to work efficiently.