How to Reset the Task Manager

By Nick Davis

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Windows Task Manager lists each active program and process running within your computer's operating system. You can start and stop programs and processes and even log off users connected to your computer through the Task Manager. But the application is not without its problems, from tabs disappearing to the dialog window changing in appearance. You can reset the Task Manager to its default setting if problems do develop.

Step 1

Press the “CTRL,” “ALT” and “DEL” keys together on your computer's keyboard. The Task Manager will open.

Step 2

Click anywhere on the gray outer edge of the Task Manager. The Task Manager will flash and the tabs will reappear.

Step 3

Click on the gray outer edge again until the buttons at the bottom of the Task Manager are visible and not grayed-out.

Your computer's Task Manager is now reset.

Step 4

Click on the “X” in the upper right-hand corner of the Task Manager to close the dialog box.