Launch Task Manager from Desktop Context Menu

June 20, 2013 at 4:44 PMjamesbl

I use task manager a LOT in my job. I also almost always have a ton of programs running, therefore, do not have much space on my taskbar and get tired of finding “just the right spot” to right click in on to get to Task Manager.  As you know, with Windows 8/Server 2012, this becomes even more of an issue (don’t get me started).

After spending the past 20 years with Microsoft, I’ve come up with a ton of registry shortcuts I use as timesavers to do my job, including this one.  Saving the following as a .REG file and importing it now allows me to right click anywhere on my entire desktop and launch Task Manager from there:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\TaskMan]
@="Task Manager"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\TaskMan\command]
@="taskmgr.exe"

Note:  You could easily replace this with any other program you frequently run as well J.

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