How to Show Power Usage in Task Manager on Windows 10

The task manager can now show power usage by each program or process. Follow these steps to show power usage in task manager on Windows 10.

Every program or process running in your system, be it in foreground or background, will consume some amount of power. Generally, the power usage is directly proportional to what the program is doing and how heavy of a task it is performing. For example, if you are playing the latest AAA title or rendering a video, that particular program’s power usage will be very high. Conversely, a simple taskbar widget program will consume very little almost insignificant power.

For the most part, most Windows 10 users never need to worry about the power usage or monitor it. However, If you are curious to know which processes are consuming a lot of power then you can do that by enabling the Power Usage column in the Task Manager. Once you do that, the task manager will show the current power usage of every running process or program. In addition to that, you can also see the overall power usage tread in the “Power Usage Trend” column.

In this simple and straightforward Windows 10 guide, let me show you the steps to show power usage in task manager for any program or process.

Note: The steps shown below are only applicable to Windows 10. Also, make sure you are running Windows 10 v1903 or higher. Otherwise, you will not be able to see the power usage. Check Windows 10 version.

Show Power Usage in the Task Manager

To show the Power Usage, you have to enable the Power Usage column in the Task Manager. Here is how to do it.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar.
  2. Select “Task Manager.”
  3. Go to the “Processes” tab.
  4. Right-click on any column heading.
  5. Select the “Power usage” option.
  6. You will now see the power usage column in the task manager.
  7. Each process’s or program’s power usage will be in this new column.

First, you need to open the Task Manager. To do that, right-click on empty space on the taskbar. Next, select the “Task Manager” option from the list. As an alternative, you can also press the “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” shortcut or search for Task Manager in the Start menu.

open task manager

After opening the Task Manager application, go to the “Processes” tab. Now, right-click on any column heading and select the “Power Usage” option.

task manager power usage

This action will show the Power Usage column in the Task Manager. From now on, you can see the current power usage of any running program or process under the Power Usage column.

show power usage in task manager

If you want to, you can also enable the “Power Usage Trend” option in the same manner. This column will show the overall average power usage of an application or process since the application is started.

show power usage trend in task manager

That is all. It is that simple to show power usage in the Task Manager. If you don’t want to see these columns, simply follow the same steps but uncheck the Power Usage and Power Usage Trends options.

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

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