[Tip] Tweak and Customize Windows 8 Task Manager Functionality

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If you are using Windows 8 or if you are regularly reading this blog, you might be aware of the new redesigned Task Manager present in Windows 8. Microsoft has changed lots of things in Windows 8 Task Manager which make this new Task Manager better and more advanced than the old Task Manager present in previous Windows versions.

Windows 8 Task Manager shows better details of running processes, allows you to disable startup items and also allows you to directly restart Windows Explorer process which is a very useful and a welcomed feature of Windows 8 Task Manager.

But there is a slight problem in this new Task Manager which I found a little irritating. It shows the running processes in groups such as apps, background processes and Windows processes. Although it looks organized but if you need to look for a particular process, it takes more time compared to the time used in old Task Manager versions because first we need to identify which group contains details of that process.

Following screenshot shows how the various processes are shown in groups in Windows 8 Task Manager:

Default_Windows_8_Task_Manager.png

Another problem in new Task Manager is the removal of original file name of the running processes. Windows 8 Task Manager shows labels of the processes such as "Service Host", "Client Server Runtime Process", etc instead of their actual file names such as svchost.exe, csrss.exe, etc. Previous Task Manager versions used to show file names of processes which helped better in identifying processes.

If you also think the same and want to disable grouping feature from Task Manager and bring back the actual file names in Windows 8 Task Manager, then this tutorial will help you.

Today in this tutorial, I'll tell you 2 very simple steps to customize Windows 8 Task Manager to:

  • Disable grouping feature in Task Manager
  • Show actual file names of processes in Task Manager

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. First of all open Task Manager. Right-click on Taskbar and select "Task Manager" option. You can also directly open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together.

2. Now click on View menu and uncheck "Group by type" option as shown in following screenshot:

Disable_Group_Feature_Windows_8_Task_Manager.png

That's it. It'll immediately turn off process grouping feature and Task Manager will start showing all processes without grouping similar to previous Task Manager versions as shown in following screenshot:

Group_Feature_Disabled_Windows_8_Task_Manager.png

3. Now it's turn of adding process file name to Task Manager. Right-click on the area where column names are displayed such as name, memory, disk, network, etc and then enable the option "Process name" as shown in following screenshot:

Show_Process_Name_Windows_8_Task_Manager.png

That's it. Now Windows 8 Task Manager will also show file names of running processes along with their labels as shown in following screenshot:

Process_Name_Windows_8_Task_Manager.png

In my opinion, disabling grouping feature and showing actual file names helps better in working with running processes. What's your opinion? Feel free to share your comments...





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