Reset Task Manager Settings with Keyboard Shortcut

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How to Reset Task Manager Settings with a Keyboard Shortcut

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. If you are not happy with the current settings of Task Manager, you can quickly reset them for your user account in Windows 10. There is a secret shortcut you can use to make the app start with defaults.

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.

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.

Starting in Windows 10 build 18963, you can use the Task Manager app to monitor the  temperature of the discrete graphic adapter on PCs and Laptops.

Earlier, we have seen how to reset Task Manager to its defaults by using the Registry. Today, it is has come to our knowledge that it is possible to reset it with a simple keyboard shortcut. Here is how it can be done.

Warning! You will lost all your Task Manager customizations if you proceed

To Reset Task Manager Settings with a Keyboard Shortcut,

  1. Close the Task Manager if you have it running.
  2. Open the Start menu, and locate the Task Manager shortcut.
  3. Press and hold the keys Alt, Shift, and Ctrl.
  4. While holding the keys, click on the Task Manager shortcut.
  5. Voila, it will start with defaults!

This reset columns, window size, position, and all other preferences you have earlier changed in Task Manager.

That's 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.

One thought on “Reset Task Manager Settings with Keyboard Shortcut”

  1. I find it easiest to get to Task Manager by right click the date in the Taskbar and click Task Manager. Windows would not be Windows if it did not have many ways to do things. :)

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