How to open the Startup tab of Task Manager directly in Windows 8

In Windows 8, the Task Manager was completely redesigned and even though I prefer using the old one, I do occasionally switch to the new one. Unfortunately, the new Task Manager does not even remember the last active tab. I use the Startup tab a lot. Today, I would like to share with you a secret hidden way to launch the Task Manager directly on the Startup tab. You can create a shortcut to open it on the Startup tab.

Press the Win + R hotkeys on your keyboard together and paste the following text in the Run box:

taskmgr /0 /startup

Run taskmgr startup

Press Enter, and voila - Task Manager will be opened with the Startup tab active:

Task Manager Startup tab

Very useful. If you were used to using msconfig.exe to manage startup items, this is a faster way to do it. You can even create a shortcut to Task Manager that bypasses the UAC prompt using this method.

You can also assign the shortcut a global hotkey of your choice to manage startup apps quickly!

6 thoughts on “How to open the Startup tab of Task Manager directly in Windows 8

  1. zydrius32

    How to do this with Details tab?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I do not know.
      The command line arguments of new Task Manager are not documented.

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  2. mikey

    I wish it saved my tab like the old task manager.

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    1. zydrius32

      IKR.

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  3. cata

    or push “ctrl’+”Alt”+”Del” click “task manager” , and click “startup”

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you for sharing this tip!
      It is amazing!

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