Check how to create a Task Manager shortcut on Windows 10/11 in this post. You can easily open Task Manager on your computer with a keyboard shortcut or desktop shortcut.

Task Manager Keyboard Shortcut

You can use keyboard shortcut to easily launch Task Manager on Windows 10/11.

The fastest way to open Task Manager on Windows 10/11, you can press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.

You can also press the Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager from the menu to quickly open Task Manager on Windows 10/11.

Alternatively, you can also press the Windows + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu. Select Task Manager from the list to open it.

How to Create a Task Manager Desktop Shortcut

  1. Right-click the blank area on your desktop and select New > Shortcut.
  2. Type the location of Task Manager: C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe. Click Next.
  3. Name the shortcut Task Manager and click Finish to create the desktop shortcut for Task Manager.
  4. Then you can double-click the Task Manager desktop shortcut to quickly open it.

Alternatively, you can also send the Task Manager shortcut from File Explorer to desktop. You can click Start, type taskmgr, right-click Task Manager App, and select Open file location. Right-click Task Manager application in File Explorer and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).

Task Manager - Windows Run Command

You can also press Windows + R to open Windows Run dialog. Type taskmgr.exe and press Enter to open Task Manager on Windows 10/11.

Pin Task Manager to the Taskbar

Open Task Manager and you will see its icon on the taskbar. Right-click the Task Manager icon and select Pin to Taskbar. Then you can easily access Task Manager from the taskbar next time.

Other Ways to Open Task Manager in Windows 10/11

Way 1. Press Windows + S, type taskmgr in Windows Search box. Select Task Manager App to open it.

Way 2. Double-click This PC to open File Explorer on your computer. Search for taskmgr.exe in File Explorer. Click the Taskmgr.exe to open Task Manager.

Way 3. Press Windows + R, type cmd, and press Enter to open Command Prompt on Windows 10/11. Type taskmgr in Command Prompt and press Enter to run Task Manager.

What Can You Do with Task Manager?

Task Manager is an app included with Microsoft Windows systems. It shows the information about computer performance and running programs/services. It provides the information of the running processes, CPU and GPU usage rate, I/O details, logged-in users, and Windows services. You can use Task Manager to force close a program, start or stop services, change the startup programs of your computer, and more.


This post introduces how to create a Task Manager shortcut on Windows 10/11. You can either use the keyboard shortcut or the desktop shortcut to quickly launch the Task Manager application on your computer. Some other ways to let you open Task Manager are also provided. Hope it helps.

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