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The Task Manager is where you go to sense the heartbeat of your Windows machine. In Windows 10, the utility has taken on extra polish.
It is still the same place you jump to for closing stuck programs or check on a suspicious background process. Some of the practical enhancements (since Windows 8) now make it better for both the novice and the power user.
By default, the Windows 10 Task Manager launches with a simple interface. Click on More details to bare all the statistics that run under the hood. Even this has a thoughtful design. For example, the Processes tab breaks the running process into groups titled Apps, Background Processes, and Windows processes. This is easier to understand and scan through — unlike the long list of unsorted processes in previous Windows versions.
Copy the Details in One Click
It is useful information. But what if you wanted to store a record of the running processes at a specific time and compare it with some historical data? For example, an account of the memory used by the running processes. Compare it with data captured earlier and spot the maverick program.
You can take the help of a simple click to copy the information. And the humble Notepad.
The Task Manager can still be launched in the old way. The keys Ctrl + Alt + Delete is almost toasted in your muscle memory. I find the right-click on the taskbar to be the quickest way to open the console. The Task Manager opens in a simple window. Get to the useful information with a click on the More details button.
In the Advanced view, switch to the Details tab > Select the process > Press Ctrl + C on the keyboard.
The process information is copied to the Windows clipboard for you to transfer to any other utility like an email or a Notepad file. Notice that the column headers are also included automatically in the copy-paste.
You can try the same steps in the Services and the Performance tab too. The graphs obviously are not copied, but the useful information is neatly lined up for inspection.
Now Put It to Use
The copy-paste quick step is just one of the time-saving features of the Windows Task Manager. You never know when you might need it to improve disk usage in Windows. For instance, you might need it to scan for a duplicate process or a villainous Chrome extension that gorging on your CPU. An earlier solution would have brought in a third-party program or the Print Screen button. This is far better.
Have you used the time-saver shortcut before? What do you like (or hate) about the Windows 10 Task Manager?
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