Most folks at home are not familiar with the Windows Task Manager and/or don’t want to know because the term “task manager” sounds like something that is above their level of comprehension. I encourage people to “at least” take a look at the task manager and know that it is there. Where it typically has helped me is when I have a program or task that is no longer responding and basically has a program locked up. With the Windows Task Manager, you can often stop or end the process (or program) that may be causing the issue so that your computer can safely recover.
The Windows Task Manager is a great troubleshooting tool… To open the Windows Task Manager there are many ways to get to it, but the most common methods that I use are:
- Hit “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC” on your keyboard
- “Right Mouse Click” the Windows Start Button (located at the bottom right corner of your screen) and click on “Task Manager” on the screen. This is the easiest method of the three that I am showing you
- “CTRL + ALT + DEL” on your keyboard. I call this option the nuclear option when my computer has completely locked up. When using this option you will see the “Task Manager” on the list, along with other options (such as shutdown and restart).
Again, be familiar with the “Windows Task Manager”. Use one of the options above to launch the “Task Manager” to at least familiarize yourself with it. Someday you may need it…