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Managing Tasks

Task Manager is one of the most useful tools in Windows. It displays running programs, background processes, performance statistics, network activity, and user information. It also can shut misbehaving programs.

To start Task Manager:

1.
Right-click a blank space on the taskbar; then choose Task Manager (or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2.
Click any of the following tabs:

Applications for a list of foreground applications and the status of each one. See also “Killing Unresponsive Programs” in Chapter 6.

Processes for a list of every program running on your computer, including background programs and those shown in the Applications tab (Figure 19.9).

Figure 19.9. This tab shows all programs (including background tasks) running on your PC. Click a column header to sort by that column; this display is sorted by memory use.


Performance for real-time graphs and statistics that show your system’s performance (Figure 19.10).

Figure 19.10. This tab shows real-time graphs of the load on your CPU and virtual memory, expressed as a percentage of capacity.


Networking is similar to the Performance tab, except that it shows real-time graphs of network traffic.

Users displays logged-on users and the status of each one. See “Logging on and Logging off Windows XP” in Chapter 1.


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