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Turn On or Off Efficiency Mode for App or Process in Windows 11

Last April, Microsoft experimented with a new feature called Eco mode in Task Manager and is bringing this back with a new brand name: Efficiency mode starting with Windows 11 build 22557. This feature is helpful when you notice an app consuming high resources and would like to limit its consumption so that the system gives priority to other apps which will lead to faster foreground responsiveness and better energy efficiency.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Efficiency mode for apps and processes in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always On Top for Task Manager in Windows 11

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 11.

If you enable always on top mode in Task Manager, the Task Manager window will launch and stay on top of all other windows on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always on top mode for Task Manager for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Open Task Manager in Windows 11

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you open Task Manager, you select (Alt+D) to show More details or Fewer details.

This tutorial will show you how to open Task Manager in Windows 11.

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How to Enable or Disable Eco Mode for App or Process in Windows 10

A process is an instance of a program that is being executed. Each process running in Windows is assigned a unique decimal number called the process ID, or PID.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21364, the Task Manager has a new experimental feature in this build called “Eco mode” which provides users with an option to throttle process resources. It will also help identify apps that are already running in Eco mode. This feature is helpful when you notice an app consuming high resources and would like to limit its consumption so that the system gives priority to other apps which will lead to faster foreground responsiveness and better energy efficiency.

Eco mode will lower process priority and improve power efficiency but may cause instability for certain processes.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Eco mode power throttling for a process in Windows 10.

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How to Monitor GPU Temperature from Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18963, Microsoft added GPU temperature monitoring support in Task Manager. If you have a dedicated GPU card, you will now have the current temperature next to its listing in the Performance Tab.

This tutorial will show you how to monitor the current GPU temperature from Task Manager in Windows 10.

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How to Toggle Summary View On or Off in Windows 10 Task Manager

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you have the Performance tab open in Task Manager, you can toggle on summary view to make Task Manager show CPU, Memory, Disk, Ethernet, and GPU meters in one compact window (collapsed state) like a widget (desktop gadget). You can drag the borders of this summary view window to any size you want.

This tutorial will show you how to toggle between normal view and summary view in Task Manager for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Data Update Speed in Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

The update speed in Task Manager is how frequently the data in the Task Manager is automatically updated (refreshed).

You can select High (.5 second), Normal (2 seconds), Low (4 seconds), or Pause for your update interval speed.

If you select Pause, the data does not get updated until you select High , Normal, Low, or you click/tap on View > Refresh now.

This tutorial will show you how to pause or change the data update speed in Task Manager for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Minimize on use for Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you Switch to a running process from the Processes tab in Task Manager, Task Manager will minimize to the taskbar by default.

Using Switch to on Microsoft Store apps will not minimize Task Manager even with Minimize on use turned on.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off minimize Task Manager on use of switch to process for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Hide Task Manager Taskbar Icon when Minimized in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you minimize Task Manager, it’s icon will still show on the taskbar and notification area by default.

If you like, you can hide the Task Manager taskbar icon when you minimize Task Manager to only have the Task Manager notification icon show instead. You can double click/tap on the notification icon to restore the minimized Task Manager.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off hide Task Manager taskbar icon when minimized for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Toggle Graph Summary View On or Off in Windows 10 Task Manager

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you have the Performance tab open in Task Manager, you can toggle a graph summary view where only the graph is displayed and can easily be floated over other windows.

This tutorial will show you how to toggle between full view and graph summary view in Task Manager for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Reset Task Manager to Default in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

When you open Task Manager for the first time, is is shown in fewer details mode. It will remember all changes you make to the Task Manager window such as switching to more details mode, set options, view settings, window size, columns size, column details, sorting order, default tab, etc…

If wanted, you can reset Task Manager whenever you like to return it back to a default state to start fresh again.

This tutorial will show you how to completely reset Task Manager to default for your account in Windows 10.

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How to View Power Usage of Processes in Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17704, Task Manager now includes 2 new columns in the “Processes” tab to show energy impact of the running process on their system. This should help you to understand which apps/services are using the maximum power vs. the least power-hungry apps. The metric takes CPU, GPU & Disk into evaluation when calculating power usage.

Power usage: This column will provide an instantaneous view of apps/services using power.

Power usage trend: This column provides a power usage trend over 2 mins for each running apps/services. This column will be blank when you start an app but will populate based on the power usage every 2 mins.

This tutorial will show you how to view the power usage of running processes in Task Manager in Windows 10.

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How to Enable Set Default Tab Feature for Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18305, some Windows Insiders, as a part of A/B testing, can now set a preferred tab to have Task Manager open to by default.

If you were included in this A/B testing, then you are already good to go to use the set default tab feature in Task Manager.

If you were not included in this A/B testing, then you can use Mach2 by Rafael Rivera to enable the “Set default tab” feature in Task Manager.

Mach2 manages the Windows Feature Store, where Features (and associated on/off state) live. This store lives in the undocumented Windows Notification Facililty (WNF), which provides publish-subscribe messaging for kernel components, system services, and user-space applications. Windows currently contains thousands of Feature switches that turn on and off new and unfinished functionality, mitigations, test hooks, and overrides. Mach2 provides facilities to discover these switches and turn them on or off.

This tutorial will show you how to enable the new Set default tab feature in Task Manager for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Set Default Tab for Task Manager in Windows 10

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18305, you can now set a preferred tab you want to have Task Manager open to by default.

This tutorial will show you how to set a default Task Manager tab you prefer to immediately switch to when opening Task Manager for your account in Windows 10.

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How to See DPI Awareness of Running Apps in Task Manager in Windows 10

Dots per inch (DPI) is the physical measurement of number of pixels in a linear inch of a display. DPI is a function of display resolution and size; a higher resolution or a smaller size will lead to higher DPI, and a lower resolution or a larger size will lead to lower DPI. When a display has a higher DPI, pixels are smaller and closer together, so that the user interface (UI) and other displayed content appears smaller than intended.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18262, Microsoft added a new optional DPI Awareness column to the Details tab of Task Manager to know which of your running apps is DPI Aware.

This tutorial will show you how find out the DPI Awareness per process in Task Manager to know which of your running apps is DPI Aware in Windows 10.

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