Our Windows 8 operating system always keeps different programs, processes and services running. In order to see which applications are currently running, we need to open the task manager. Today we are going to explain what Windows Task Manager is and how it works.
We can also see from the task manager different information regarding the state of the network and if there are several computers connected to the equipment, we could see who they are and what they are working on, in addition to being able to send messages.
What exactly is the task manager?
The task manager is an application integrated into Windows operating systems, thanks to which we will be able to obtain information on the programs and processes running on the computer, in addition to providing the most commonly used performance indicators on the computer.
We can use it to check the performance of our team, obtaining information on the status of the programs that are running, in addition to being able to perform actions on them such as forcing their termination if necessary at any time.
In addition, task manager shortcut offers us graphics and data about the CPU in addition to the memory usage. This percentage would tell us what the total capacity of our processor is and what percentage we are using. The higher the utilization percentage, the higher the energy consumption of our computer.
How is the task manager used?
Next we are going to tell you what actions we can perform with the task manager and what steps we must follow to 100% control this great functionality offered by Microsoft’s Windows systems. To start, we can open the task manager by right-clicking on the windows taskbar and left-clicking on Task Manager or by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrol + Alt + Delete.
We can see that the task manager has different tabs that provide us with different information. The first of all is that of Processes. In it we can see different data of the applications or programs that are running, such as their name, status, percentage of CPU utilization, percentage of memory use, percentage of disk use and percentage of network use.
If we click with the right mouse button on any of the processes, we can perform six different actions: expand, which will allow us to see all the processes that involve said application (an application can manage more than one process), end task, by which we will close the selected application, resource values, through which we can select in which format we want to see the different use values of said application, go into detail, it would take us directly to the details of said application in the task manager, open location of the file, it will open an explorer placing us in the directory where this file is running,search online, which will perform a search for this process on the Internet and finally properties, which will allow us to see the different properties of said file. From the Performance tab we can observe different interesting data about the state of our computer, such as the use of CPU, Memory, Disks, Bluetooth, and Network.
Applications of Windows 8 number of processes
In addition to being able to see the speed at which our processor works, the total number of processes and other important information. In the third tab, Application history, we can see the information regarding the applications of our Windows 8 under the Metro interface. The fourth tab, Home, provides us with information about the processes or applications that run when we start our system automatically. Being able to see if they are enabled, disabled and what impact they have on the performance of our team. We can also modify the configuration of these using the right mouse button. In the Users tab, if we are connected to our team with different user sessions, we can see the applications run by each of them. The penultimate tab, Detail, gives us a little more information about the different processes we have running, such as the user name that runs them, or the PID process number of each of them.
Task Manager tab shows the status of the different services
Finally, the Services tab shows the status of the different services that we have installed on our computer, as well as whether they are currently running or stopped, and the status can be changed using the right mouse button. To finish, in the upper area we have a menu with three options: File, Options and View. From file we can execute a new task or exit the task manager. From the Options menu, we can make the task manager window always on the front or visible, and although we have more applications open, we will always have the task manager ahead. In addition we can configure it so that when we open said administrator, it is automatically minimized and even hidden and we see it in the taskbar only in the clock area. Finally, in the View menu we can update the information provided by said administrator manually, in addition to indicating at what speed we want this information to be updated. As you can see, the functionality and the different options and information provided by the Windows task manager, is a great advantage and has great utility so that we can be aware of everything related to the performance of our team. Don’t wait any longer to try this fantastic tool.