Minimize Task Manager to Notification Area in Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 have a new Task Manager app. It looks completely different compared to Windows 7's Task Manager and has different features. It comes with a number of options that can be customized by the user. One of them allows minimizing the Task Manager to the system tray area and hide its taskbar button.


Task Manager in Windows 10 comes with neat features. It can analyze the performance of various hardware components and also shows you all the processes running in your user session, grouped by app or process type.

Windows 10's Task Manager includes a performance graph and startup impact calculation. It is able to control which apps launch during startup. There is a special tab "Startup" which is designed to manage startup apps.
Task Manager Default Columns

Tip: You can save your time by creating a special shortcut to open the Task Manager directly on the Startup tab.

Also, it is possible to make Task Manager show the command line of apps on the Processes, Details and Startup tabs. When enabled, it will allow you to quickly see which folder an app is launched from, and what its command line arguments are. For reference, see the article

Show Command Line in Windows 10 Task Manager

In addition to these great features, Task Manager is able to show DPI awareness for processes.

Windows 10 version 1903 adds more useful features to Task Manager. There is a new menu command under "Options" that allows specifying a default tab.

Windows 10 Task Manager Select Default Tab

For reference, see the following article:

You can hide the Task Manager taskbar icon when you minimize Task Manager, so it will have the tray icon in the notification area only. In this mode, to restore the minimized Task Manager you need to double-click on the notification area icon. Here's how to enable this feature.

To Minimize Task Manager To Notification Area in Windows 10 (system Tray),

  1. Open Task Manager. If it looks as follows, switch it to the full view using the "More details" link in the bottom right corner.Task Manager Windows 10 Show More Details
  2. In the menu, click Options.
  3. From the Options submenu select Hide when minimized.Windows 10 Task Manager Minimize To Tray
  4. Now, minimize the Task Manager. It will appear in the notification area (system tray) only.Windows 10 Task Manager Minimized To Tray

Double-click on the system tray icon to restore the minimized Task Manager.

Windows 10 Task Manager Restored From Tray

You can restore the default behavior of the app at any moment of time by navigating to Menu > Options and clicking on the Hide then minimized item to turn off (uncheck) it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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