Do you want to enable the Task Manager option in the taskbar context menu on your Windows 11 computer? Do you know how to do this job? In this post, MiniTool Software will show you two easy ways to help you get the Task Manager option back in the taskbar context menu.

Microsoft Brings back the Task Manager Option in the Taskbar Context Menu on Windows 11

The initial release of Windows 11 has a new taskbar. The changes are not limited to the position of the taskbar. When you right-click taskbar, you can see there is one option: Taskbar settings. That means that you can’t open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.

Microsoft is planning to bring the Task Manager option back in the taskbar context menu on Windows 11. At present, this new feature is already available in the Windows 11 Insider preview builds in both the Dev and Beta Channels. But you may still don't find the Task Manager option entry in the task context menu on your Windows 11 computer. If so, you should not worry so much about it. In this post, we will introduce two ways to help you enable the Task Manager option in the taskbar context menu.

How to Enable the Task Manager Option in the Taskbar Context Menu on Windows 11?

Way 1: Use ViVeTool to enable the Task Manager option in the taskbar context menu on Windows 11

ViVeTool is not preinstalled on your device. You need to manually download it, then you can enable the Task Manager option in the taskbar context menu with the help of this tool.

Step 1: Download ViVeTool zip file on your PC.

Step 2: Unzip the downloaded ViVeTool folder, then you’d better move the folder to the drive C.

Step 3: Copy the path of the ViVeTool folder from the address bar in File Explorer. For instance, my path is C:\ViVeTool-v0.3.2.

Step 4: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 5: Type cd [the path of the ViVeTool folder] in Command Prompt and press Enter to run the command. For example, I run cd C:\ViVeTool-v0.3.2 in Command Prompt.

Step 6: Type vivetool /enable /id:36860984 and press Enter to run the command. When you see the following prompt, it means the command runs successfully:

ViVeTool v0.3.2 – Windows feature configuration tool

Successfully set feature configuration(s)

Step 7: Restart your Windows 11 computer.

After these steps, you can right-click the taskbar, and then you can find the Task Manager option from the taskbar context menu.

How to disable the Task Manager Option in the taskbar context menu on Windows 11?

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Run cd [the path of the ViVeTool] in Command Prompt.

Step 3: Type vivetool /disable /id:36860984 into Command Prompt and press Enter to run this command.

Step 4: Restart your Windows 11 PC.

Way 2: Add the Task Manager option in the taskbar context menu on Windows 11

You can also add the Task Manager option in the taskbar context menu via Registry Editor. To protect your device, you’d better back up your registry key in advance.

Here is a guide:

Step 1: Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog.

Step 2: Type regedit into Run and press Enter. Then, the Registry Editor page will pop up. In this step, if you see the User Account Control interface, you need to click the Yes button to continue.

Step 3: Go to the following path in Registry Editor. You can directly copy and paste this path to the address bar in Registry Editor:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FeatureManagement\Overrides\4

Step 4: Right-click the 4 subkey, select New from the context menu, and then select Key.

Step 5: Name the new key as 1887869580.

Step 6: Right-click the newly created key and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 7: Name the new key as EnableState.

Step 8: Right-click EnableState and select Modify.

Step 9: Change the Value data to 2, then click OK to save the change.

Step 10: Right-click the 1887869580 key and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 11: Name the value as EnabledStateOptions.

Step 12: Right-click EnabledStateOptions and select Modify.

Step 13: Change the Value data to 0, then click OK to save the change.

Step 14: Restart your computer.

Now, you can see the Task Manager option is back in the taskbar context menu.

If you want to remove this option, you can delete the newly created 1887869580 key.

Bottom Line

It will be very easy to open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar. You can just use one of the methods introduced in this post to enable or add the Task Manager Option in the taskbar context menu on Windows 11. Should you have other related issues that need to be solved, you can let us know in the comments.

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