Although the OS includes many different ways to access Task Manager, perhaps the most common method has always been right-clicking the taskbar and selecting the “Task Manager” option. However, starting with Windows 11, the taskbar includes a new context menu that only has an option to access the feature’s settings page in the Settings app. If you have only used the context menu to open the experience, you can perform the same task from the Start button and menu, Control Panel, Run command, or using a keyboard shortcut. In this guide, you will learn the steps to access the Task Manager on Windows 11.

Open Task Manager on Windows 11

Although Windows 11 no longer includes a taskbar context menu with many options, you still have several other ways to top Task Manager, and here’s how.

Start button context menu

Direct keyboard shortcut

Use the Ctrl + Alt + Esc keyboard shortcut to open Task Manager directly. Windows 11 Task Manager

Windows Security screen

Start menu

Run command

Control Panel

Once you complete the steps, the Task Manager will open to manage running applications and monitor the system performance. Start button context menu Windows 11 Task Manager Windows Security screen Start menu Task Manager search Run taskmgr command Control Panel Windows Tools Windows Tools Task Manager Alternatively, you can always pin Task Manager to the Start menu, and right-click the item, and select the “Move to top” option to have quicker access to experience. You also pin it to the taskbar by right-clicking the app while open and selecting the Pin to taskbar option. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.