How do I access task manager?

Task Manager provides valuable insight into how your computer is utilizing system resources.  High memory (RAM) or CPU usage will cause everything on your computer to run slow and programs to crash. 

Below are three ways to open your Task Manager:

Taskbar

The easiest way to open your Task Manager is:

  1. Right-click any open space on your taskbar.
  2. Select“Task Manager”.

Start Menu

You can click on your Start Menu and search "Task Manager" to open it.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously opens the Windows Security screen, providing options including running the Task Manager.

RAM information: 

Your computer transfers dormant programs or low priority processes from your RAM to your page file, which is located on your computer’s hard drive.  Unless you have a solid-state drive, your hard drive must spin to read and write data, making it the slowest part of your computer.  Gathering the data from your hard drive is time-consuming.  High memory (RAM) usage will cause everything on your computer to run slow and programs to crash. 

CPU information:  

Spikes in CPU usage are normal when opening programs, but continuous high CPU usage will cause your computer to run slow and programs to crash. 


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