How to start Task Manager in Windows 11?

There are a number of ways to start Task Manager in Windows. Some prefer the one, others the one, and there is no point in deciding whether one method is better than another, because some people prefer keyboard shortcuts, others a mouse. The reasons for the preference did not only concern the user interface, but could also be related to the different behavior of the system. For example, a busy system that was virtually unresponsive to mouse clicks or regular keyboard shortcuts could be saved from a hard reset by running the mandatory Ctrl + Alt + Del, which triggered Secure Attention Sequence, which delayed all tasks and prioritized subsequent administrator startup. But this is a thing of the past, with newer versions of Windows, Microsoft addresses the priority in a different way.

One of the favorite (mouse) ways to start the task manager is to right-click on the taskbar and select the task manager from the options offered. Personally, I no longer remember which version of Windows brought this option, but it can be said with certainty that Windows XP already supported it, so users could be used to it for at least 20 years.

However, this option has disappeared from Windows 11. Microsoft justifies by clarifying the offer – but it’s hard to say whether such clarification is worth removing a control that many users may be used to for years.

So how do I run Mouse Task Manager on Windows 11? Probably the closest alternative to right-clicking on the toolbar is now right-clicking on the Start menu. Probably only Microsoft knows why the presence of the task manager in the taskbar menu is confusing and in the Start menu clear. Whether this will remain forever is not clear (there are discussions urging Microsoft to return the task manager to the taskbar menu), but at least for now, in Windows 11, you need to look in the right-click Start menu.

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