How to Change Real Time Performance Updates in Task Manager on Windows 11

Easily increase, decrease, or pause the Real time performance updates speed in Task Manager to monitor them better

Task Manager is one of the most useful and powerful tools in Windows which has been around since 1996 when it was first introduced for Windows N.T. 4.0. It helps you monitor your computer’s real-time performance and hardware resource usage as well as manage processes, services, startup apps, and more.

It analyzes your system and shows you a list of running apps and background processes along with their CPU, Memory, Disk, Network, and Power usage. Additionally, it also shows you a list of services (both running and stopped) on your computer. Task Manager automatically updates resource usage of the currently running processes to show you the data in real time.

The ‘real-time update speed’ or ‘real-time performance update’ in Task Manager is how often the data in Task Manager gets updated or refreshed automatically. By default, the Task manager automatically updates the data once every second but you can increase or decrease the data update speed as per your preference.

In this article, we will see how to change the real-time performance update speed in Task Manager on Windows 11.

Change Task Manager Data Update speed

Changing Task Manager Data Update speed in Windows 11 is an easy process; all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

Open Task Manager by right-clicking on the empty space on Windows Taskbar and selecting the ‘Task Manager’ option. Alternatively, you can right-click the Start menu and select ‘Task Manager’ from the context menu. Or you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.

Once the Task Manager app opens up, click on ‘Settings’ at the bottom of the left pane. 

Now, click on the drop-down menu under ‘Real time update speed’.

There are 4 options in the Real-time update speed drop-down menu:

  • High If you select ‘High’ for the Real-time update speed, it will update the usage percentages every half-second. This option is perfect for monitoring resource-hungry applications such as games, and photo and video editing software.
  • Normal This is the default option in the Window Task Manager. It updates the percentages once every second.
  • Low This option slows down the updating to once every 4 seconds. This is the best option if the percentage changes too often and you want to focus on the resource usage of a particular process or group of processes. You can easily take a screenshot or record a video with this option.
  • Paused This option will freeze everything on the Processes tab and the Performance tab until you change it to other options. This is also another great option for taking screenshots of your task manager.

Choose between ‘High’, ‘Normal’, ‘Low’, or ‘Paused’ options depending on your need.

In the below the screenshot, the Real-time update speed is set to ‘High’. As you can see below, the percentages change every 0.5 seconds.


That’s it. You can easily change the speed of the Task Manager data according to your needs and monitor processes the way it suits you best.