This morning an email came in from the very friendly reader Gordy, who asked if it was possible to automatically start up Task Manager in minimized mode when booting the machine… so this article is for him, and hopefully it’ll help somebody else as well.
Right-click on the desktop and choose New \ Shortcut.
In the location box, just type taskmgr and hit next. If you are using XP or this doesn’t work, you can also use the full path to task manager:
Now that you have a shortcut, right-click and choose Properties.
Now change the drop-down menu under Run to say “Minimized” and then close the dialog.
If you want this shortcut to launch when you start up your computer, right-click on the Startup folder in your start menu and choose to Open, and then drag the shortcut into that folder. (Note that you could also just drag it into there)
Now when you use the shortcut, Task Manager will start up in minimized mode, and you can see the CPU usage meter in the system tray.
Hopefully this will help somebody else as well.