How to Change Default Tab in Task Manager

Task Manager opens with the Processes tab by default. If needed, you can change the default tab or page in the Task Manager. Here is how

Task Manager is one of the essential tools in Windows. It allows you to assess the performance, quit apps and processes, run new tasks, manage startup programs, monitor user accounts, manage services, and more. To put it simply, there is a lot you can do.

Two of the most common ways Windows users use the Task Manager are to quit unresponsive apps and manage the startup programs.

Whenever you open the Task Manager, it automatically opens with the Processes tab or page by default. Incidentally, this is the first tab in the Task Manager. The processes tab lists all the active and running processes in the operating system. From here, you can easily find and quit processes or run new ones. Generally, this tab is what most Windows users want and use.

However, what if you want another tab to be the default in the Task Manager. For example, maybe you want to see the Performance tab when you open the Task Manager. That way, you will get a glance at your system status with one less click. If you think it’s not a big thing but a matter of convenience for some.

The good thing is that you can change the default Task Manager tab with just two clicks, which is pretty easy too.

Let me show you the exact steps to change the Task Manager default tab or page in Windows without further ado.

The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.

Change the default tab in Task Manager

To change the default tab in the Task Manager, we will use the options within it. It is that easy. You don’t have to modify the registry or make crazy modifications. Here are the exact steps.

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Choose the “Task Manager” option.
  3. Click the “Options” option on the top bar.
  4. Choose the “Tab” of your choice.
  5. Close the Task Manager.
  6. Open the Task Manager again, and it should open with the new default tab.

Steps with a bit more detail:

First, we need to open the Task Manager. Right-click the Start menu and choose the “Task Manager” option. You can also open it using the “Ctrl + Shift + Escape” shortcut.

open the task manager

Click “Options” on the top bar and choose the tab of your choice. I’m selecting the “Performance” tab.

change default tab in task manager

Finally, close the Task Manager. The next time you open the Task Manager, it will open with the new default tab.

That is it. It is that simple to change the default tab in the Task Manager.

If you are wondering, the “Processes” tab is the original default tab. If you ever want to restore the original tab, choose the “Processes” option in the Task Manager, and you are good to go.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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