Windows Task Manager is an extremely useful and powerful tool in Windows that allows you to monitor system resource usages such as CPU, memory, disk, and bandwidth for running applications, background processes, and Windows processes. It is also most popularly used for ending applications that may be frozen or cannot be closed for some other reasons.

Task Manager is usually accessed by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting ‘Task Manger’ from the menu. But if you have upgraded to Windows 11 and tried to open Task manager from the right-click menu of the Taskbar, you would be surprised to find there’s no such option from the taskbar menu anymore.

If you always opened Task manager from the Taskbar and don’t know how to access it in Windows 11, don’t worry! In this post, we’ll show you the different easiest ways to open the Task Manager in Windows 11.

Right-click on the Start Menu

If you are looking for the Task Manager, look no further, it’s in the Start menu.

Just right-click the Windows logo (Start menu) and select ‘Task Manager’ from the list of options.

There you have it:

Add Task Manger to the Taskbar in Windows 11

You can also access Task Manager with a single click by pinning it to the Taskbar. Click the Search button next to the Start menu in the taskbar (or press Windows key + S) and start typing ‘Task manager’ in the search box and the Task Manager app will show up in the result below.

Then highlight the Task Manager app result in the search, and click the ‘Pin to taskbar’ option on the right side of the search panel.

The Task Manager will be pinned to the Taskbar now. You can just single-click on it to open it anytime.

Open Task Manger with a Shortcut key in Windows 11

One of the quickest ways to open Task Manager in Windows 11 is by pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys together on your PC’s keyboard.

This would come in handy especially if you are using a Remote Desktop or a virtual machine.

Create a Shortcut to Task Manager in Windows 11

Another quickest way to bring up Task Manager is to create a shortcut on your desktop (or in a folder).

To create a shortcut for Task Manager on your desktop, right-click any empty space where you want to create the shortcut, click ‘New item’ and select ‘Shortcut’.

In the Create Shortcut window, click the ‘Browse’ button. Next, find the ‘Task Manger’ application in the ‘Browse for Files or Folders’ dialog: C: –> Windows –> System32 –> Taskmgr.exe. Then, select the ‘Taskmgr’ app and click ‘OK’.

The Application path will be added to the textbox.

Or, you can directly enter the following location path into the text box:


Then, click the ‘Next’ button.

At last, type a name for your shortcut (like Task Manager) in the textbox, and then click ‘Finish’.

Now, the Task Manager shortcut will be added to your desktop. Just double-click on it open.

Now, you know how to easily access Task manager in Windows 11.