How to Open Network Connections From the Task Manager

by Mike Benson
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The Windows Task Manger is a very useful utility. You can monitor memory, processor, and page file performance as well as manage the currently running processes and services. In addition to monitoring performance and managing applications, the Task Manager can open programs and navigate to specific areas of Windows. Built into the Task Manger is the Windows Run box. This allows you to use all of the same Run commands in the Task Manager.

Step 1

Press "Ctrl + Alt + Del" to load Task Manager. You can also press the shortcut keys "Ctrl + Shift + Esc," or "Right-click" on your Windows Task Bar and select "Start Task Manager."

Step 2

Click "File," then "New Task (Run...)."

Type "Ncpa.cpl" and press "Enter." You can also type "control netconnections." Both commands take you to the Network Connections component of the Control Panel.


  • To do this process without ever touching a mouse, press "Ctrl + Shift + Esc," then "Alt + F + N," and type "Ncpa.cpl."


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About the Author

Mike Benson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has authored tech guides on eHow as well as product and game reviews on a number of websites. Benson has focused his career in information technology and is educated in COMPTIA A+, electronics, A, B, C networking, search engine evaluation and programming. Benson has a certification of computer fundamentals and literacy.

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