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Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Open Task Manager’s "All Users" View in Windows 7 or Vista

Have you ever wondered how to open up Task Manager with the “All Users” view instead of just your own processes? One of our readers wrote in with this same question, so I’m writing it up for everybody.

In case you are confused about what we’re talking about… on the Processes tab in Task Manager there’s a button called “Show processes from all users” which will re-open Task Manager in order to show all the processes, which can be annoying if you need to do it a lot.

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Create the Task Manager Shortcut

Right-click on the desktop or elsewhere, and then choose New \ Shortcut from the menu.

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Then in the shortcut location box, add the following command:

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taskmgr.exe

Once you’ve added the command, go to the next screen and give the shortcut a useful name – I chose “Task Manager (All Users)” as the name since it seemed descriptive enough.

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Now right-click on the shortcut and open up Properties, where you can add a shortcut key if you’d like (note that the shortcut needs to be on the desktop or in the start menu for this to work)…

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And now the most important step, click the Advanced button and choose the “Run as administrator” checkbox.

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Now you’ll have a shortcut that will immediately open up Task Manager to the all users view (after a UAC prompt).

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For extra credit, you could create the shortcut without a UAC prompt (it just takes a little more work).

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/1/08

Comments (13)

  1. John

    Thanks

  2. Michael

    I’m going to try that tonight when I get home.

  3. Michael

    Thanks, The Geek! I love it when you create this easy advice!

  4. gic

    nice trick. thanks!

    By the way, any way to replace the default task manager opening (for example when right click on the taskbar, and click on “Task Manager”) with this?

  5. Another John

    I didn’t even realize you could associate hotkey combos with shortcuts until reading this. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Daniel Murray

    Awesome tip. I prefer the old shortcut but you can’t do that with vista. Thanks ;-)

  7. Mike

    Wow, 99 running processes? Do you think all of that is necessary?

  8. Corey

    Is it possible to set the shortcut to ctrl +shift + esc instead of the regular task manager?

  9. Chuck

    “Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Open Task Manager’s “All Users” View in Windows Vista” – …or go to OS(C:) – Windows – System32 – taskmgr.exe and right click it to create a desktop shortcut. :)

  10. Per

    I can’t get it to work when I put the shortcut in Autostart.

    The taskmgr.exe does not start after reboot, when I check “Run as Administrator”.
    If “Run as Administrator” is unchecked everything is OK, it starts
    after reboot.

    Anyone got a clue ?

    thanks in advance

    Per

  11. mahi

    thanks

  12. Esteban

    if you go into the advance button on the propiertys and select to execute the shortcut as an administrator it wont bring the UAC prompt up on Windows 7 Ultimate (haven’t checked on others).

    Great work!

  13. vini

    Thanks that works.

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