Task Manager Options


  • Where can I find a descriptions of the items on the Task Manager Options menu?

    Please don't tell they are obvious or respond with a descripition of each of them.  I need an official Microsoft description of each option.

    In general the help functions in Windows 7 are worthless because there is no way to limit it to the application you are using.  So entering Options into the search function give you everything except the options associated with Task Manager.

    Sunday, May 06, 2012 7:51 PM


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  • Milos

    Why not use Process Explorer and Task Manager? There is an element of duplication but Task Manager does provide certains things that Process Explorer does not.

    Hope this helps, Gerry

    Sunday, May 06, 2012 9:22 PM
  • Perhaps you should read my question again.  Your answer has nothing to do with it.

    Monday, May 07, 2012 12:16 AM
  • Yes, I did it and here is the second iteration. 2/3 are from one Microsoft page, 1/3 is from discussion forum:

    Task Manager might be set to Hide When Minimized.
    When this setting is activated, Task Manager only
    appears as a green graph icon in the notification
    area, rather than appearing in the taskbar as other
    programs do when minimized.

    Open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar
    and then clicking Task Manager.

    Click the Options menu, and then make sure that
    there is no check mark next to Hide When Minimized.
    The next time you minimize Task Manager, it will
    appear on the taskbar.

    By default, Task Manager is set to always display
    on top. To change the default view of Task Manager
    so that it displays behind other open windows,
    click the Options menu, and then click Always On Top
    (which removes the check mark beside the command).
    If you want Task Manager to stay on top of all other
    open windows again, click the Options menu, and then
    click Always on Top (which restores the check mark
    beside the command).

    Also, most of the task manager users are unaware
    of the minimize to system tray option, just check
    the "Minimize On use" option from the options menu
    and whenever you minimize the Task Manager it will
    neatly sit into the system tray area and show you
    current CPU Usage





    Geery: IMHO Process Explorer is evolving tool that gives more options in troubleshooting. I agree that Task Manager would suffice for common use and unless solving sofisticated troubleshooting it is not necessary to use two tools.

    Monday, May 07, 2012 4:43 AM
  • Get Autoruns from (Microsoft) Sysinternals:


    Monday, May 07, 2012 9:59 AM
  • Your original link was to a page that describe the columns available via the View menu.  It did not describe one item on the Options menu.

    Of your three new links only the first one has anything usefull about task manager options and the two items -- after expanding them -- that talk about the options do it backwards.  Instead of stating what the options do they tell you how to remove what they did.

    The second link has wrong information.  It confuses Minimize on Use with Hide When Minimized.

    The third one does have a statement about how usefull the Hide When Minimized but the structure of the page -- and appearently the web site -- is a bit ackward to say the least.

    By the way, if you did read what I asked I said " I need an official Microsoft description of each option." -- not some third party's web site.

    I find it interesting that Microsoft does not seem to have a simple description of what the task manager options do the way you would expect any program's options to be doccumented.

    • Edited by saberman Tuesday, May 08, 2012 2:53 AM Typo
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 2:51 AM
  • Hi,

    Based my research, there is no official document to descript these three option items.

    However, if you want to know their description, you just need to hover your mouse on each item.

    Kim Zhou

    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 9:21 AM
  • Kim

    The "information" bar at the bottom of the window is not something I had noticed before. What is it called?

    Hope this helps, Gerry

    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:58 PM
  • IMO the most misunderstood option "Minimize on use" does this "Task Manager is minimized when a SwitchTo operation is performed" CBA to make screenshot. That operation is when you right click an entry in the Applications tab of Task Manager and click "Switch To".
    Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:41 AM