How to make windows task manager always open a specific tab

– Last updated on December 2, 2019 by VG

Almost all of us use Task Manager tool in Windows operating system to end task of programs and services , to enable/disable startup programs , to check CPU and RAM usage of processes, etc.

We can launch Task Manager by right-clicking on Taskbar and select “Task Manager” option from context menu or by using taskmgr command in run dialog box. We can also press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together to quickly open Task Manager. This hotkey or keyboard shortcut is my favorite and I always launch Task Manager using this hotkey.

Task Manager in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 is different than the previous Task Manager versions present in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. In Windows 10, Task Manager opens in Processes tab by default which shows running processes and their usage of CPU, RAM, Disk and Network in a colorful and modern UI as shown in following screenshot:

There are many other tabs present in Task Manager such as Performance, App history, Startup, Users, Details, Services. Many users like me prefer to use “Details” tab in Task Manager which displays processes and their CPU, Memory usage along with PID and user name in traditional classic UI. Also the list of processes is shown in compact layout which doesn’t waste screen area and shows more processes in available screen area as shown in following screenshot:

If you prefer to use a different tab other than default “Processes” tab in Task Manager, you need to first open Task Manager and then switch to the desired tab such as Details, Startup, etc.

BONUS TIP: Did you know you can open Task Manager in Startup tab by default anytime using taskmgr /0 /startup command. You can create a direct shortcut of this command for quick and easy access.

Newer versions of Windows 10 operating system come with a very useful feature which allows users to set default or startup tab in Task Manager. With the help of this new feature, you can select your desired tab as default in Task Manager and force Task Manager to always open in that selected tab whenever you launch Task Manager.

If you also want to set your desired tab as default or startup tab in Task Manager and want to force Task Manager to always open in your desired tab by default, following steps will help you:

1. First of all open Task Manager. Right-click on Taskbar and select “Task Manager” option. You can also directly open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together.

2. Now click on Options menu and look for “Set default tab” option. It’s set to “Processes” by default.

3. To set any desired tab as default, select its name in “Set default tab” menu. For example, if you want to set Details tab as default so that Task Manager always open in Details tab activated, select “Details” in “Set default tab” menu.

That’s it. Close Task Manager and again open it and now it’ll launch in your desired tab activated.


If you want to set default tab via Registry Editor, following is the key used by Windows 10 to set default tab in Task Manager:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to open RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It’ll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

3. In right-side pane, look for StartUpTab DWORD. If you don’t see this DWORD, you’ll need to manually create it.

Now set its value to any of following values based upon your requirements:

  • 0 (To set Processes tab as default)
  • 1 (To set Performance tab as default)
  • 2 (To set App history tab as default)
  • 3 (To set Startup tab as default)
  • 4 (To set Users tab as default)
  • 5 (To set Details tab as default)
  • 6 (To set Services tab as default)

That’s it. Close Registry Editor and open Task Manager and it’ll launch in your desired tab by default.

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OK and now please advise me how to force TaskManager to always run in a maximized window?
Although I maximize the window after it is started, after closing it it forgets its size and when restarted it opens again in its default size instead of maximized one.

^^ Yeah. That’s a known bug. You can manually resize Task Manager window using mouse and stretch the borders towards all 4 directions.

Has this ever happened to you? You’re hard at work blasting zombies being super-productive with a program that has an always-on-top fullscreen window. And then the program hangs. How can you get to Task Manager so you can kill the hung program?

One way to do this is to launch Task Manager and use keyboard accelerators to get it to be always-on-top:

  • Hit Ctrl + Alt + Del and say that you want to run Task Manager. Task Manager will run, but it’s covered by the always-on-top fullscreen window.
  • Whenever you need to see Task Manager, use Alt + Tab to select Task Manager and hold the Alt for a few seconds. This will give you a preview of Task Manager so you can see what state it is in. You can’t interact with it, but you can at least see it.
  • If Task Manager is in compact mode, then press Alt + D to get out of compact mode into details mode. If you’re the sort of person who likes to open Task Manager a lot, you are probably already in details mode.
  • Type Alt + O followed by Alt + D to enable Always on Top.

You now have an always-on-top Task Manager, and you can now use it to select the hung program and terminate it.

But here’s a shortcut: Use virtual desktops.

  • Press Win + Tab to call up the switcher.
  • Click the + to create a new virtual desktop. This gives you a clean desktop with nothing on it. In particular, the hung application is not on this desktop.
  • Run Task Manager on this new virtual desktop and use it to terminate the hung program.

What does every geek do when their computer starts to run slow or give them trouble? They open the task manager and look at the running processes. This guide will teach you what to look for and how to prioritize running processes to make your computer run more smoothly.

The Tools Needed

The task manager built into Windows will suffice for most purposes, and can be easily accessed in the familiar Ctrl+Alt+Del menu. Geeks who often resort to the task manager for troubleshooting may be familiar with the more straightforward shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Esc. If nothing else, you can always right-click the taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

The task manager in Windows 8:

The task manager in Windows 7:

The screenshots above can be a little deceiving, because at first glance it seems that the task manager in Windows 7 is more useful and informative. On the contrary, Microsoft overhauled the rather classic task manager and packed it with more features to make prioritization and troubleshooting even easier in Windows 8.

The very first screen – the “Fewer details” screen – as shown in the Windows 8 screenshot, is all you need when a program begins to hang and refuses to close. Similarly, the Applications tab in the Windows 7 task manager is all you should need to end a troublesome program. Simply highlight the problematic application, and hit End Task.

If you are using Windows 7, we recommend Microsoft’s Process Explorer to gain a similar level of control over running processes, like Windows 8 provides. We’ve previously written a guide on Process Explorer if you decide to go that route and would like some more details about it.

Ending Processes

Now you know how to access the tools you’ll need to kill a running process, and we’ve gone over the most common/basic way of ending an application. However, sometimes you may have a really pesky application that refuses to close even after you have repeatedly spammed the “End task” button.

There are a couple of ways to go a step further in trying to get these nuisances to close. In Windows 8, you can try clicking “More details,” which should bring you to the Processes tab. This will give you a much more detailed view of every running process, including ones that are running in the background (sometimes the problematic process that’s lagging your system isn’t displayed under the “Apps” category).

In the Processes tab, try highlighting the suspect app/process and hitting End task. Even easier, you can right-click on it and hit End task.

The steps are basically the same for Windows 7:

Ending a Process Tree

In the screenshot above, you can see the option to “End Process Tree” right below “End Process.” Doing so will not only kill the selected process but all processes that were directly or indirectly started by that process. This isn’t usually a helpful feature, but you may find yourself resorting to it under some extreme circumstances.

The “End Process Tree” option can be found in the Windows 8 task manager under the Details tab, where you’ll see a raw list of running processes, similar to the Processes tab on Windows 7’s task manager.

Checking Performance and Prioritizing Processes

Setting the priority on a process is not something that most geeks need to do very often. Changing the priority of running processes is particularly useful when your computer’s resources are being maxed out already, and you’d like to manually select what processes you want your computer to give more attention to.

Monitoring your PC’s performance

In the screenshot below, you can see that the computer’s CPU usage is being maxed out, tipping the scale at 99%. As a result, opening new applications or just trying to use the computer in general can be incredibly sluggish. A time like this would be perfect to end or prioritize processes.

Bitcoin mining, [email protected], Prime95, and other similar applications can max out your CPU usage but take advantage of process prioritization so that the end-user (you) doesn’t notice any change in their computer’s performance.

To change the prioritization of a process on Windows 8, you have to be on the Details tab and right-click any of the running processes. Same instructions for Windows 7, but you have to be on the Processes tab.

Just below the “Set priority” option in the above screenshot, you can see another one named “Set affinity.” With that option, you can control which core(s) of your processor are used for the selected process.

For most intents and purposes, setting the priority would be the go-to option, but it’s nice to know about the affinity option and have it in your tool belt.

How Do I Use This in Real Life?

We’ve shown you, in detail, how to end and prioritize processes. As a geek, it’s nice to experiment with these types of things, but you may still be struggling to figure out how any of this would come in handy in a real scenario.

Monitoring your computer’s performance is something that you should do a lot. The performance tab on Windows 7 and 8 provides great insight into how your computer’s resources are being allocated. Keeping tabs on this information will help you make decisions like whether or not a memory upgrade may be needed (if you always see your memory usage above 80% or so, it may be a good idea to expand).

Whenever a program hangs for more than a few seconds, you should kill it (if you have unsaved changes, you may want to try and “wait it out”). This is essential to know so you can avoid unnecessary power cycles or wasted CPU time on an application that refuses to close.

One of the processes that hangs the most is Windows Explorer. Microsoft must have recognized this problem because they included the ability to restart the process in Windows 8’s task manager. The majority of the time you find yourself pulling up the task manager, it will probably be for this.

Lastly, changing the priority of running processes is something to keep in mind whenever Windows isn’t allocating your computer’s physical resources in the way that you’d like. For example, it may spend a lot of CPU on running background apps that you aren’t using at the moment but don’t want to close yet, meanwhile you are struggling to play a laggy video game because your PC is choking on the applications you’re not using right now.

These situations may not arise that often (then again, it’s Windows we’re talking about), but at least you’ll be prepared for when they do.

Do have a website or web page that you open daily at a certain time or when you start the computer? If that’s the case, why not use Task Scheduler to launch a URL at scheduled time?

Recently, I found my self in a situation where I have to open a web page at a certain time almost every day. Sure, I can create a reminder with Cortana and open the web page manually. However, why go the long way when you can open a web page on schedule using Task Scheduler?

Considering how easy it is to use Task Scheduler, it is a breeze to open a website using Task Scheduler. So, if you are ever in a situation where you need to open a website on schedule then try using Task Scheduler with below steps.

Open URL using Task Scheduler

  1. Search for Task Scheduler in the start menu and open it.
  2. In the Task Scheduler, click on “Create basic task“.
  3. Name the task and click on the “Next” button.
  4. Select when do you want the task to start and click “Next“. In my case, I want to run the task daily, so I’ve selected “Daily“. If you want to start the task as soon as you start the computer then select either “When I log on” or “When the computer starts”.
  5. Choose the schedule and recurring behavior. If you want to run the schedule every day, make sure that the “Recur every day” field is set to “1“.
  6. Select “Start a program” and click “Next“.
  7. Click on the “Browse” button and select your browser. In my case, I’m selecting Chrome.
  8. Add webpage address in the “Add arguments” field and click “Next“.
  9. Verify your configuration and click “Finish“.

That is it. You’ve successfully scheduled a web page to launch at the time you need with Task Scheduler. To verify if the scheduled task is working properly, right-click on the schedule and select “Run“. Task Scheduler will automatically open the target webpage in the browser of your choice.

If you didn’t name your task properly the first time, it can be a little tricky to change it after the fact. However, it’s easy. Here’s how to rename scheduled task in Windows.

Windows Task Manager is an advanced utility tool that helps you manage your apps that are running.

Task Manager lets you see which apps are open and which you’re using. You can also see which apps are running in the background that you didn’t open yourself.

One important reason that you might want to open Task Manager is to stop apps that are making windows unresponsive.

There are a few different ways to open Task Manager. So in this article, I will walk you through 7 ways you can open Task Manager on Windows 10.

1. How to Open Task Manager with Windows Search

The easiest way to find anything on a Windows machine is to search for it. Task Manager is not an exception.

  • Click on the search icon then type “Task Manager” in the search bar.
  • Task Manager will pop up as a search result, and you can open it from there.

2. How to Open Task Manager with Keyboard Shortcuts

Some apps might go rogue and stop Windows from responding, so you might not have access to Windows Search in such situations.

Windows has two different key combinations with which you can open up Task Manager in case you want to see running apps or stop an app.

  • You can open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc all together. This opens Task Manager straightaway
  • You can also open Task Manager from the GINA screen by pressing and holding Ctrl + Alt + Del .

Some apps might prevent you from accessing Task Manager with Ctrl + Shift + Esc, but pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del will always open up the Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) screen for you so you can select and open Task Manager from there.

3. How to Open Task Manager through the Control Panel

You can use the Control Panel search option to open Task Manager.

Type “Task Manager” in the search bar and you will see a link to Task Manager under “System”.

4. How to Open Task Manger through the Start Menu

A lot of people prefer opening apps from the start menu. You can open Task Manager from there too.

  • Click on the Windows icon, or press the WIN Key on the keyboard.
  • Scroll to the bottom and open up the Windows system folder
  • Task Manager will be shown alongside some other apps – just select it there to open it.

5. How to Open Task Manager with the Run Command

Many apps and folders can be opened with the run dialogue on Windows 10. There’s a command for opening Task Manager from there too.

  • Press the WIN + R keys on the keyboard to open the run dialogue
  • Type “taskmgr” and click “Ok” to open the Task Manager.

6. How to Open Task Manager from the Taskbar

You can open the Task Manager from Taskbar too.

Right-click on an empty space in the taskbar then select “Task Manager”.

7. How to Open Task Manager from the Windows Power User Menu

In addition to the 6 methods we’ve already seen, you can open Task Manager by right-clicking in the Windows logo and then selecting “Task Manager” from the menu that pops up.

You can also get there by pressing and holding the Win + X keys on the keyboard and then selecting “Task Manager” from the menu.


Windows Task Manager is a very powerful tool that can greatly increase your productivity. With it, you can see which apps are running and stop those that are causing issues.

In this article, you’ve learned about several ways to open Task Manager on Windows 10 so you can have a better experience using it.

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This post shows students and new users how to automatically startup or open programs when they login to Windows 11.

The just released preview of Windows 11 comes with a new user desktop and some cool features, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows device stand out.

One legacy feature that’s also available in the new Windows 11 is the ability to automatically start up or open programs everytime you login to Windows.

Windows allows programs to automatically install themselves in Windows startup configuration settings. For programs that are designed to startup automatically, there’s nothing to do. They will automatically start up everytime Windows starts.

Programs that are not designed or built to automatically start up or open, you will have to manually configure and set them to start.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with starting programs when you login, follow the steps below:

Find Program Details

Windows has a Startup folder that automatically start any program that is added to the folder. In order to start auto start a program, you should know some details of the programs you wish to start.

For example, if you wish to always start Microsoft Edge browser after you login, you’ll need find out what commands and switches or options are used to start Edge up.

You can find that out easily by looking at the program’s properties page.

For Edge, right-click on Edge icon and select Properties as highlighted below.

When the program’s properties page opens, on the Shortcut tab, take notes of the program’s Target path. Or click the button to Open File Location of the program. The Target path has the program’s executables.

For Microsoft Edge, it’s located in:

Take notes of the program’s target and copy.

Automatically Start Programs in Windows 11

With the program’s details you discovered from above, press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the app Run box.

Or you can simply click on Start and type Run to search.

In the box, type this command in the box and press Enter.

When you press Enter, it will open Windows program startup folder. From there, right-click a blank area and select New item –> Shortcut as highlighted below.

Now copy the program’s Target path you copied above and click Next.

Type a name for the shortcut and finish.

When you’re done, a new shortcut will be created in the Startup folder.

Now everytime you login to Windows, Edge will automatically start and open up for you.

Take a look at Windows Task Manager. You should see Edge as starting up.

You can also create startup programs from Task Manager Startup tab. Click File and select Run new task.

The task wizard shows up with the same shell:startup command used above. This time, you can startup programs with administrative privileges.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to create programs in Windows 11 that automatically start up everytime you login. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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Bringing up Task Manager is not much of a task itself, but it’s always fun knowing different ways of doing things. And some of them might even come in handy if you can’t open Task Manager the way you’re used to.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete

You’re probably familiar with the three-finger salute—Ctrl+Alt+Delete. Up until Windows Vista was released, pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete brought you directly to Task Manager. Since Windows Vista, pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete now brings you to the Windows Security screen, which provides options for locking your PC, switching users, signing out, and running Task Manager.

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc

The quickest way to bring up Task Manager—assuming your keyboard’s working—is to just press Ctrl+Shift+Esc. As a bonus, Ctrl+Shift+Esc offers a quick way to bring up Task Manager while using Remote Desktop or working inside a virtual machine (since Ctrl+Alt+Delete would signal your local machine instead).

Press Windows+X to Access the Power User Menu

Windows 8 and Windows 10 both feature a Power User menu that you can access by pressing Windows+X. The menu features quick access to all kinds of utilities, including Task Manager.

Right-Click the Taskbar

If you prefer mouse to keyboard, one of the fastest ways to bring up Task Manager is to right-click any open space on your taskbar and choose “Task Manager.” Just two clicks and you’re there.

Run “taskmgr” from the Run Box or Start Menu

The name of the executable file for Task Manager is “taskmgr.exe.” You can launch Task Manager by hitting Start, typing “taskmgr” in the Start menu search box, and hitting Enter.

You can also run it by hitting Windows+R to open the Run box, typing “taskmgr,” and then hitting Enter.

Browse to taskmgr.exe in File Explorer

You can also launch Task Manager by opening its executable directly. This is definitely the longest way of opening Task Manager, but we’re including it for the sake of completeness. Open up File Explorer and navigate to the following location:

Scroll down and look (or search) for taskmgr.exe, and then double click it.

Create a Shortcut to Task Manager

And last on our list is creating a nice, accessible shortcut to Task Manager. You can do this in a couple of ways. To pin a shortcut to your taskbar, go ahead and run Task Manager using any of the methods we’ve covered. While it’s running, right-click the Task Manager icon on the taskbar and choose “Pin to Taskbar.” After that, you’ll be able to click the shortcut to run Task Manager anytime.

If you want to create a shortcut on your desktop (or in a folder), right-click any empty space where you want to create the shortcut, and then choose New > Shortcut.

In the Create Shortcut window, enter the following location into the box and then press “Next.”

Type a name for the new shortcut, and then click “Finish.”

That’s the end of our list! Some methods are obviously more efficient than others, but if you’re in a tough situation—keyboard or mouse not working, battling pesky malware virus, or whatever—any method that works is a good one. You can also check out our guide on how to start Task Manager in minimized mode during startup, so it will always be open when you turn your computer on.

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I’m trying to get Windows Task Scheduler to run a particular .exe every 10 minutes or so, but the options only allow for once a day execution.

Is there a way I can get it to run a .exe every 10 or 20 minutes?

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The task must be configured in two steps.

First you create a simple task that start at 0:00, every day. Then, you go in Advanced. (or similar depending on the operating system you are on) and select the Repeat every X minutes option for 24 hours.

The key here is to find the advanced properties. If you are using the XP wizard, it will only offer you to launch the advanced dialog once you created the task.

On more recent versions of Windows (7+ I think?):

  1. Double click the task and a property window will show up.
  2. Click the Triggers tab.
  3. Double click the trigger details and the Edit Trigger window will show up.
  4. Under Advanced settings panel, tick Repeat task every xxx minutes, and set Indefinitely if you need.
  5. Finally, click ok.

How to set priority Windows 10? How to change priority Windows 10? How to set a program to high priority Windows 10? This post from MiniTool will show you how to set priority Windows 10.

As is well known, Windows shares the computer’s CPU resources between running programs. However, how many resources will be given to a process is determined by its priority. In general, the higher the priority level is, the more resources will be allocated to the process.

So, in this post, we will show you how to set priority Windows 10 or how to set a program to high priority Windows 10.

2 Ways – How to Set Priority Windows 10

In this part, we will show you how to set priority Windows 10. Before going ahead, you should know some basic information about the priority. There are 6 priority levels available to processes in Windows, and they are:

  • Realtime
  • High
  • Above normal
  • Normal
  • Below Normal
  • Low

Normal is the default level and most programs with normal priority are able to run without issues. However, users can choose to change process priorities to speed up the app or slow down it so as to consume fewer resources.

And the new priority level applied to the app will take effect until the app’s process stops to work. Once it is stopped, the next time it will open with the default priority level unless the app itself has a setting to change its priority automatically.

Some programs are able to change their priority automatically, such as the WinRAR and 7-Zip. They are able to change their priority to Above normal to speed up the archiving process.

Note: You need to know that the Realtime priority level cannot be set by the users since it can cause system instability. An application with the Realtime priority may consume 100% of CPU and intercept keyboard and mouse input, making the PC unusable.

How to Set Priority Windows 10 via Task Manager

Now, we will show you how to set priority Windows 10.

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. In the pop-up window, click More details.
  3. Then navigate to the Details tab.
  4. Select the process you want to set priority and right-click it.
  5. Then choose Set priority from the context menu and choose the desired priority level.
  6. After that, in the pop-up window, click Change priority to continue.

Once all steps are finished, you have set or changed the priority level of a process successfully.

Besides the above way, you can also set priority Windows 10 in another way. So, it will be introduced in the following part.

How to Set Priority Windows 10 via WMIC

In this part, we will show you how to set priority Windows 10 via WMIC.

Now, here is the tutorial.

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Input the command wmic process where name=”Process Name” call setpriority “Priority Level” and hit Enter to continue. (You should replace the Process Name with the actual name of the process and replace the priority level according to the following table.
Priority Level Value Priority Level Name
256 Realtime
128 High
32768 Above Normal
32 Normal
16384 Below Normal
64 Low

After that, you have successfully changed the priority level of the process.

When you can’t access that program properly, you need to change the process priority. But sometimes, you are unable to change priority in Task Manager.

Final Words

As for how to set high priority Windows 10, this post has shown 2 ways. If you want to set or change priority Windows 10, you can try these ways. If you have any better solutions, you can share it in the comment zone.

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How do I make the Windows 11 Taskbar always on top?

I cant seem to access my taskbar when it is hidden by auto-hide, and when I use the shortcuts, then switch to my tabs, it immediately disappears instead of going down. Every article I’ve read are for older windows versions, and use taskbar properties, but I don’t know how to access taskbar properties on Windows 11, as right clicking it doesn’t have all the options it used to.

I’m having this problem as well. The taskbar is frequently obscured by other windows which makes it quite unusable. Have experienced this ever since I upgraded to Windows 11, but I have not found any solution to it. When searching I find answers regarding moving the taskbar to the top of the screen, which has nothing to do with the problem I am experiencing.

I don’t understand how this apparent bug is flying under the radar?!

It’s becoming very apparent that Windows 11 is the new Windows 8, with changes no one ever asked for or wanted. Here’s hoping Windows 12 will be the new Windows 10 where they try to fix most of their mistakes.

The very same issue has been bugging me for weeks. I originally thought it’s a side-effect by Battlefield 2042’s fullscreen mode (which sometimes crashes the ShellExperienceHost handling the regular Start Menu (but not the Search version accessible through Win+S), but only recently noticed it’s actually (most likely) caused by the task bar no longer being always on top.

I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been that way when Windows 11 released, but I might be wrong. It made me go back to the always visible task bar, since it’s just annoying when you can’t access anything with the bar not popping up (due to being behind other windows and the Start menu not always showing).

Guess I’m writing a small script to just manipulate the window style on my own…

I had the same problem, and went to github to find solution and found someone that made a fix to atleast GeForce window broblem, so i don’t have to turn it off ingame owerlay

I want to move the taskbar back to the bottom of the screen, since what i meant for always on top was on top of all windows. But when I change the regedit back to number 03, press ok, then restart, the taskbar remains on top of the screen. When I check the regedit again, i see that the number goes back to 01. What should i do?

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You can check in the article below how to customize the taskbar in windows 11 and the different options you have to do this:

You also have the option to move the taskbar to the top using regedit, follow the instructions below:

1) Search for regedit in the Start menu and open Registry Editor.

2) Navigate to the key below:

3) Right-click on the StuckRects3 key and select the “Export” option. Save a REG file to your desktop with an easy-to-identify name, such as bkp_registro_win11. This file is a backup of the registry key that will be modified, which you can restore if something goes wrong.

4) Double click on the “Settings” value on the right side.

5) In line 0008, place the mouse cursor in the fifth column, before the value 03 and press the “Del” key to delete the value 03. Then type 01 in the same place and click “OK” and close the editor .

6) Finally, restart Windows Explorer to apply the change. Open the Task Manager with “Ctrl + Shift + Esc”, right click in Windows Explorer and select the option “Restart.”

7) Once this is done, the taskbar will appear at the top of the Windows 11 desktop.

If you want to return the Windows 11 taskbar to the bottom of the desktop, just double click on the REG file you exported and finally restart Windows Explorer.

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If you always like opening a program when you start up Windows, you can set it up to auto-launch on login. Here’s how.

  1. Create a desktop shortcut or a shortcut for the program you want to auto-launch
  2. Open Windows Explorer and type %appdata% into the file explorer address bar.
  3. Open the Microsoft subfolder and navigate to it
  4. Navigate to Windows > Start Menu > Programs > Start-up
  5. Copy and paste the app shortcut you created earlier

Do you always open a particular program as soon as Windows has started up? Perhaps it’s your web browser or favourite email app. If so, you could save yourself a few clicks by getting Windows to open it for you automatically each time you login.

Windows always starts several programs by itself once you get to the desktop – you’ve probably seen your system tray fill up with icons from apps such as OneDrive and your antivirus software. Typically, these programs start in the background and are hidden by default, so you don’t see any windows open on your desktop. However, you can use the same mechanism to open apps of your choice.

This is a really simple process but you need to know where to look first. To begin, you’ll need a shortcut to the app you want to open. The easiest way to do this is to copy an existing desktop shortcut. If you already have a shortcut to the app on your desktop, just click the icon and hit Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard. Otherwise, you can create a new shortcut by opening the Start menu, finding the app and clicking and dragging it across to the desktop.

To make apps open automatically, you can just add your shortcut to a special Windows folder. Windows automatically launches all the shortcuts in the folder when it starts, so all you need to do is copy and paste your shortcut in. Because the folder is in a system location, the hardest part is finding it.

Open File Explorer (you can press Win+E from anywhere in Windows) and click in the address bar at the top of the screen. Delete its contents, type “%appdata%” (without the quotes) and press enter. Depending on the apps you have installed, this folder may contain a lot of different subfolders – take care not to modify or delete anything here.

Find the “Microsoft” subfolder and navigate into it. From here, drill down through the directories into Windows > Start Menu > Programs > Start-up. Once you’ve arrived at this location, you can just copy and paste your app shortcut into the folder. Next time you login to Windows, the app will get started automatically.

If in the future you want to stop the app from automatically starting, you can just head back to the folder and delete its shortcut. Alternatively, you can also open Task Manager (hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch it quickly) and visit the “Start-up” tab. Here, you should see entries for all the Start-up folder shortcuts you’ve added. Click the app you want to remove and then press the “Disable” button at the bottom of the window.

Using this method means you can return to Task Manager to re-enable the app in the future. You won’t need to touch your shortcut again. Task Manager also displays apps which register themselves as start-up apps using internal Windows APIs, instead of the Start-up Start menu folder.

In addition, newer versions of Windows 10 have a “Start-up” page within the “Apps” category in the Settings app. This replicates the functionality available in Task Manager, displaying simple on-off toggle buttons for each of your start-up apps.

One point to note is that this tutorial assumes you only want the app to open when you login. The app will not start for other user accounts on your PC. If you would like an app to open for every user, repeat the process above but substitute “%appdata%” with “%programdata%” in the instructions. You will need to be logged in as an administrator to save to this location.

Having applications launch automatically can make the start of your day just a little bit easier. As soon as your PC boots up, you’ll have your most-used apps ready and waiting on your desktop. Just remember that having a lot of start-up applications could significantly reduce system performance as they all load up.

If you want to learn how to start a program automatically at Windows Startup or at specific time by using the Task Scheduler, then continue reading this tutorial.

The usual method to add a program at Windows startup, is to place a shortcut of the desired program at the Startup folder. But, this method does not work always, especially if the program needs administrator permissions in order to run. To bypass this issue, you can add the program at startup using Registry, or to run the program at startup by using a scheduled task.

In this tutorial I will show you how to start any program automatically in Windows Startup or at a specific time, using the Task Scheduler .

How to Run a Program Automatically using Task Scheduler.

To start any application at startup or at any time you want using Task Scheduler:

1. At the search box, type: task scheduler
Open Task scheduler

3. From Action menu select Create Task.

4. At General tab, type a name for the task. e.g. “CoreTemp” and select Run with highest privileges.

5a. At Triggers tab, click New.

5b. Select to Begin the task: At log on and click OK. *

* Note : If you want to start the desired application at another time, select “On Schedule” at “Begin the task” option and make the appropriate changes.

6a. At Actions tab, click New.

6b. At New Action window, click Browse.

6b. Choose the application that you want to run at startup and click Open.

6c. Click OK.

7. At ‘Conditions’ tab, clear the Start the task only if the computer is on AC Power checkbox and click OK.

8. At Settings tab, leave selected only the Allow task to be run on demand box and clear all other checkboxes. When done, click OK.

9. Restart your PC to apply the change. *

* Note: If the scheduled task is not running for any other user on the PC, read the instructions in this tutorial: FIX: Scheduled Task Does Not Run for Other users or Runs in Background in Windows 10.

That’s it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

Windows 10 has some nice features for multimonitor setups. One of which is the ability to display the taskbar on only one monitor. Changing this setting really comes down to preference.

Sure, there are some good reasons to keep the taskbar on both monitors. Since the Anniversary Update, for example, the taskbar clock is displayed on both monitors. For gamers or people watching a movie that creates an easy way to keep an eye on the time.

Nevertheless, some people prefer the cleaner look of having the taskbar on a single display. In Windows 10, this is really easy to set up, but first let’s make sure we’ve got the right display chosen as your main monitor. Once you’ve switched, the taskbar will only show up on your primary display.

We’ll use my setup as an example. I have a laptop to my left and a larger external display right in front of me. Although the laptop is the actual PC, I set my external display as the primary one. Thus, the main version of the taskbar with the notifications area and the Action Center are where I need them to be.

Display settings in Windows 10.

Go to Start > Settings > System > Display. In this case, the external display is labeled as 2 and the laptop display is 1. To make 2 my main display I’d highlight it and then check the box labeled Make this my main display.

Turning off the taskbar in Windows 10.

Now that’s taken care of, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, and scroll down to the Multiple displays heading. Switch to Off the slider labeled Show taskbar on all displays, and that’s it. Enjoy the more spartan look of a single taskbar on your multi-monitor setup.

Task Scheduler, a built-in component of Windows operating system, can be used to create a variety of tasks for the computer to follow automatically. You can use it to launch programs or run scripts at a scheduled time without having to depend on third-party tools.

In this post I’ll show how you can use the Task Scheduler to automatically start and close programs at a certain time. And because it is a Windows feature, this should work on all versions of the OS.

Automatically Start Programs at Specific Time

You can directly schedule a single program to start up at a particular time in Task Scheduler. However, if you want to launch multiple programs, a batch file is needed. Here’s how to create and automate one.

1. Open New Document in Notepad, and add this as the first line: @echo off . Echo off basically turns off command echoing so that you don’t get any messages when running the commands in the batch file.
2. In the next line we will specify the programs to run. Add each program on a separate line:

The rem command is just a comment to identify the program, CD command changes the directory, and start is, well it just starts the program.

3. After adding all the programs you want, finish the script by adding Exit at the end. Complete script should look like this:

Save the file as a batch file with the name start.bat .

We’re done with our script. Now, to run the script at a specific time it has to be scheduled as a task.

  1. Open Task Scheduler by entering taskschd.msc in the Run dialog.
  2. When Task Scheduler opens, create a new Task, and give it a name.
  3. In Triggers tab, configure the schedule you want the batch script to run at.

  • In Actions tab, browse and select start.bat file.
  • If you want, you can configure more settings in “Conditions” and “Settings” tab, but they are not necessary. Finally, click OK to save changes.
  • That’s it! Your program(s) should now automatically start up at your specified time.

    Automatically Close Programs at Specific Time

    We have to create another batch script for closing programs at the scheduled time.

    Create another New Document in Notepad, and drop in a line like this in it:

    TASKKILL is a built-in utility in Windows used to kill programs and processes. /F parameter forcefully terminates programs, and /IM is used to specify the program name.

    There’s no dearth of

    tools and applications that one could use to keep a tab on his to-do list. So much so that one doesn’t care to look into the default Windows features or tools to see if there’s something like that available.

    At work I always prefer to use MS Outlook as it allows me to set up the task reminders too. But if you aren’t using it for emails, it probably won’t make a lot of sense to use this heavy tool just for task reminders. In such cases I would suggest you use the Windows Task Scheduler rather than opting for a third party tool for setting up reminders.

    Here’s how to schedule a reminder using the same.

    Steps to Create Task Reminder Using Task Scheduler

    Windows Task Scheduler is an integral part of the operating system and it can be used to accomplish many tasks like software updates, system shutdown/wakeup, disk cleanups, system maintenance, etc. Task reminder is one of the simplest uses one can put it to.

    Step 1: Launch the Task Scheduler. You can do that by going to Start Menu, searching for task scheduler and then hitting Enter.

    Step 2: On the Task Scheduler window the right pane is labeled as Actions. Click on the option to Create Task.

    Step 3: On the next dialog, go to General tab. Give your task a Name so that you can identify it among other if when you decide to make some changes later.

    Step 4: Next, switch the context to Triggers tab. Click on the New button on the bottom left of the window to define trigger details.

    Step 5: For the trigger, set a start date and time, choose the recurrence behavior and define advanced settings if any. Click on Ok when done.

    Step 6: Back on the Create Task window, switch to the Actions tab and create a New action.

    Step 7: Choose whether you want to Display a message or Send an email. I chose the former because that shows a pop up on top of whatever you may be doing when the reminder is triggered. Fill the Title and the Message text boxes and hit on Ok.

    Note: If you want you can create multiple triggers and define multiple actions for a single task.

    With that done you can close all the windows that have been stacked. And then you can forget about the task. Your system will take care of reminding it to you.


    While I said that I use MS Outlook at work, I have been using the Task Scheduler at home. It works seamlessly, is simple to set up and does not add to the load of my machine. Don’t you think you should also retire the third-party tools that you have been using for this (and if you are not using your smartphone for it)?

    Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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    The Apple A12 Bionic has about 6.9 billion transistors.

    The following guide describes how you can look up the disk reads and writes of any process on a computer running Microsoft Windows.

    It is probably a good idea to answer why someone would want information about disk read and write activity of processes first.

    There are a couple of reasons. First, if you run a Solid State Drive, especially an early generation one, you may want to make sure that processes are not taxing the drive too much.

    Another reason may be that you need to find out which process is responsible for lots of disk activity. Maybe because you can hear your drive thrashing around all the time, or because you notice slow downs when using the computer.

    Note: A core difference between using the Task Manager and Process Explorer is that the Task Manager displays session information while Process Explorer information from the moment it is started.

    Disk Activity in the Windows Task Manager

    The Windows Task Manager does not reveal many information in regards to disk activity by default.

    While that is the case, it ships with options to enable per-session listings for disk activity.

    1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc to open the Task Manager.
    2. If you use Windows 8 or newer, select “more details” if you get the “useless” basic listing of programs that are running, and switch to Details afterwards.
    3. On Windows 8 or newer: Right-click on a column header, e.g. name and select “select columns” to add or remove columns from the table.
    4. On Windows 7 or older: Select View > Select Columns.
    5. Scroll down in the window that opens and check I/O read bytes and I/O write bytes.
    6. Click ok to close the window again.

    The Windows Task Manager lists the two bits of information as columns afterwards. You can click on the column header to sort by lowest or highest read or write activity on the computer.

    Please note that the activity is listed in bytes. If you need help converting, check out this handy tool which does that for you.

    I/O write bytes is the important stat if you want to find out which programs tax a Solid State Drive the most.

    Using Process Explorer

    You may use the excellent program Process Explorer instead to display disk activity of processes on Windows machines.

    Process Explorer does not display the information either by default, but you may enable the data columns in the program to display them.

    1. Start Process Explorer. The program is portable, you can run it from any location on your system.
    2. Select View > Select Columns from the main menu.
    3. Switch to the Process Disk tab.
    4. Enable Read Bytes and Write Bytes by checking the options.
    5. Click on ok to complete the process.

    A click on a column header sorts the table accordingly so that the processes with the most bytes written or read during that session are listed at the top of the table.

    The new columns are added to the right side of the table. This means that you may need to scroll to the right to see them depending on the size of the Process Explorer window.

    Process Explorer displays disk activity from the moment it is started.

    Now You: Do you monitor disk activity on your machines?