Windows Task Manager Tutorial
Operating systems done jobs by running processes and tasks. One of the primary duty for an operating system is management of processes. All operating systems have different type of task manager. Windows have builtin task manager maned
Task Manager . In this tutorial we will look detailed about Windows Task Manager.
Start Task Manager
There are different ways to start Task Manager. One way is using
Run command box providing
taskmgr like below.
Another way is
Right click to Task Bar and click to the
Task Manager .
Applications tab provides currently running User space graphical applications. In a system actually there a lot of applications running but only some of them are GUI applications directly interacted by user. This tab lists these applications. We can see from the example that user is currently running
Mozilla Firefox and
Google Chrome .
Processes tab will list all processes those are running on the system. Some processes may be running on the background. There are following information about processes
Image Namecolumns shows processes exe name
User Namecolumn shows the user who owns and started the process
CPUcolumn shows the CPU usage percentage of the process
Memorycolumns show the memory usage of the process
Descriptioncolumn show more detail about the process
Add New Column
We can also add new column to get different information about processes. In order to add column we need to list avaible columns with
Select Columns... like below.
After that a windows like below will be shown
In this window we can select which columns we want to list just by checking. Important of the columns are;
- CPU Time
- I/O Reads
- I/O Writes
- Command Line
Show Processes From All Users
By default task manager will only list processes owned by current user. In our example current user is
ismail . But we may need other user processes to list. This can be done with the checkbox below left corner. This will list all users like
LOCAL SERVICE and other normal users.
There is also information about total process numbers, total CPU usage and memory usage.
Services or daemon generally works background. Services do not need any GUI. Services also runs always not like a processes. Because process starts and ends in some time. We can list services with Task Manager in the
Namecolumn shows name of the service
PIDcolumn shows process ID of the service
Descriptioncolumn shows more information about the service
Statuscolumn shows the current working condition like
Groupcolumn shows related group of the service
Task Manager also provides information about the system resources. Task Manager provides load information about CPU, Memory. There are following information;
- CPU Usage
- CPU Usage History
- Physical Memory
In the networking tab the network interfaces listed as graphs and their network speed and usage percentage are shown. There is also information like network interface connection status, link speed
In User tab currently connected users are shown.
Usercolumn shows account computer and name
IDcolumns shows user connection ID
Statuscolumn shows current user status whether is is connected or not
Sessioncolumns show where the user connected. This can be
All ways On Top
If we want to Task Manager window always stay on top we can set this from
Options menu like below.