There are tools that have been around Windows all their lives but go unnoticed. Others, although we use them, we do not know all their functions. This is the case with Windows Task Manager.

Windows Task Manager is one of the most popular tools included with the operating system. The most popular function of this tool is to see what programs you have open and close them in case they are hung up or you can’t do it from the taskbar. But, over the years, the Administrator has improved and gained features, some of them unknown or underused by most Windows users. In this article we will review what the Windows Task Manager can do for us, highlighting its most important functions. The Windows Task Manager can be opened in several ways. The two most practical ones are: right-clicking on the taskbar will open a context menu with the “Task Manager” option; you can also open it directly with the key combination CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.

Which program is slowing down my PC?

The most popular function of the Administrator is to view the programs that are currently running in the foreground or background. From the Processes tab, you can sort that list by alphabetical order or by CPU or RAM consumption. Normally, when the PC goes slower than normal it is because a program or process is using all the available CPU or RAM. In that list you will see the culprit and if it is worth keeping it open or if it is better to close it to continue using the other programs. In addition, the latest versions of Windows even display browser tabs to determine if a certain web page is slowing down your computer. Alternatively, you can prioritize a certain program so that it can use more CPU or RAM than the rest by right-clicking on that program (within the Administrator) and clicking Set Priority to Change Normal to High.

Which application uses all my internet connection?

Just as you can tell which program monopolizes your CPU or RAM, you can also determine which applications consume the most Internet connection. It will be very useful if your connection is limited or if you are using a mobile data plan and do not want to end the GB quota prematurely. More recent versions of Windows include that information on the same Processes tab we’ve seen before. As in the previous case, sorting the list by Network you will see which programs consume more connection and close them or prioritize others in cases where you can not see a video or download a certain file.

Does my PC perform well?

Thinking of changing computers? Don’t you think your PC is performing as it should? If you have the feeling that your computer is going slow and in Processes, you didn’t find any apparent cause, you may be able to see it better on the Performance tab with the graphs and percentages it shows. Instead of seeing process by process, you’ll see performance information, on the whole, both CPU and RAM, disk access and network connections. High graphics for too long means that you’re using your PC at full capacity and can’t do anymore.

Which programs do you use most?

We saw how you could determine how much time you spent on each Windows program with the help of RescueTime. From the latest versions of Window,s you can do the same using the Task Manager and the Application History tab. Among other things, like network consumption and CPU time, it will tell you how much time you have spent on each program. By looking at which programs you use the least, for example, you’ll get an idea of which you should uninstall.

Why does my PC start slower?

It’s one thing for your computer to run slowly once you’ve turned it on and another for Windows to start up. In that case, there’s probably a program that loads at startup and delays Windows starting normally. Finding him is easy. Just go to the Task Manager, Start tab and you’ll see the programs that load when you turn on your computer and start Windows. You will not see who is responsible, but by disabling any of them and restarting, you may find the cause.


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