How to Open Task Manager Quickly with the Keyboard


At least once a week, my best friend asks me “What’s that keyboard shortcut for Task Manager” again? And then I respond with CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, and then he tells me I should write up a tip about it. So… that’s what I’m doing.

You can, of course, also open up Task Manager by right-clicking on the Taskbar and selecting it from the menu.

Note: In case you’re wondering, yes, that is a picture of an Apple keyboard. The thing is, we both use a MacBook Air with Windows 8 loaded on it. So this way when I send the link to this tip over to him, there won’t be any questions. It’ll work the same on a regular keyboard though.

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