By releasing the "Moment 1" October update for Windows 11 2022 Update, version 22H2, Microsoft has finally shipped several long awaited features, such as Tabs in File Explorer, Taskbar Overflow, and the Task Manager item in the context menu of the taskbar. As Microsoft rolls out new features gradually in its typical fashion, some users didn't get the Task Manager entry even after installing the 22621.675/KB5019509 update. Here's how to force enable the new taskbar context menu.
Having the Task Manager in the right-click menu of the taskbar, is a convenient and familiar way to launch it. Sadly it took Microsoft two releases in a row to restore this tiny option.
The taskbar in Windows 11 no longer includes the legacy code used in previous OS versions, so its doesn't include several of its traditional options. You cannot ungroup apps or enable text labels for them. But Microsoft is slowly restoring the missing features, as it happened to the Task Manager menu item.
There are two ways to enable the Task Manager right-click menu option for the taskbar. You can either use the ViveTool app or a Registry tweak. Let's review them.
Enable Task Manager in Taskbar Right-click Context Menu on Windows 11
- Download ViveTool from the GitHub.
- Put the ZIP archive contents to the c:\vivetool folder.
- Right-click the Windows button in the taskbar and select Terminal(Admin) from the menu.
- In the command prompt, type the following command:
c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:36860984. Press Enter to run it.
- Restart Windows 11 for the changes to take effect.
Done! You can now right-click the taskbar and launch the Task Manager app.
Here's also an alternative method that allows you enabling the updated taskbar right-click menu without downloading anything. Instead you have to change a few values in the Registry.
Add Task Manager to the Right-Click Menu of the Taskbar in the Registry
- Right-click the Start button and select Run from the menu.
regeditin the Run box and and press Enter.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FeatureManagement\Overrides\4 key.
- Right-click the 4 subkey and select New > Key.
- Name the new key as 1887869580.
- Now right-click the newly created 1887869580 key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
- Name the new value as EnabledState, and set its value data to 2.
- Now, right-click the 1887869580 key once again and again select New > DWORD (32-bit) value. Name it as EnabledStateOptions and leave its data as 0.
- Reboot Windows 11.
Regardless of the method you used, you should now have the Task Manager in the taskbar right-click menu.
To save your time, I have prepared REG files with the tweak above. The ZIP archive also includes the undo file.
Download Ready-to-use REG files
Navigate here to download the ZIP archive. Extract it to any convenient location, and double-click the following file.
enable task manager in taskbar context menu.reg- applies the reviewed Registry changes.
undo task manager in taskbar context menu.reg- removes the changes from the Registry.
- Now restart your computer, and you are done.
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