As a novice most of us think task manager is supposed to close down the programs when the system gets hanged, but people who have been working for long with computers knows that task manager can perform many other tricks than just closing down the programs that are not running. When some application stops working, then we press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the task manager and select the program that is not running and click on End task. Even right clicking on the taskbar will give you the option of task manager from where you can go straight into the window doing your troubleshooting. The first step of troubleshooting is the task manager where you can go to diagnose what is wrong with the application. If the system is running slow then users verify how much space is occupied by the program through task manager only. So it actually is the first aid of any kind of issues with the system, but most of the users are not aware that they can do much more than just troubleshooting.
Therefore, we will be discussing 8 tricks that users are not aware of the Windows 7 task manager.
- Organizing windows – There are several windows opened in the task manager and right clicking on any one of them will enable you to maximize or minimize or open or shut the window. If you want to make use of the same technique for multiple windows, then pressing the Ctrl button and then clicking on the windows will give you the same option.
- Messaging another logged in user – Go to Users tab in task manager and see who all are connected to your computer. Choose the user and then send messages to that user through your task manager only. They will get a pop up message box on their system’s desktop.
- Running the program in alternate ways – There are times when you need an application to run smoothly for completing your work but it has some other plans. You can go to the task manager and from there you can run that application through compatibility settings by right clicking on the app, then properties and then turn on the compatibility mode.
- Count your usage – If you go to the processes tab, then you will see that which all processes are eating up your CPU by viewing the CPU Time column. Click on View Menu then Columns and their CPU time option must be enabled to let you show the details.
- Priority settings – As per priority the program will appear first to use the CPU compared to low priority programs which needs to wait for its turn. If you need more CPU resources for a particular program than you will have to right click on the program from application tab, select set priority and then select priority as per your wish.
- Shortcut – In order to go to Resource monitor from task manager, you need to go through Performance tab
- Limited use of resource – Some games don’t work well when it is played by using all CPU so you can limit the resources. Click on Process, choose Affinity and then mention CPU, which will work for this.
- CPU Usage – Monitoring of CPU usage can be done through task manager. Click on the arrow just beside the system tray to drag and drop CPU usage icon to notification slot. This will showcase the CPU usage constantly.