Hello again, this is Kyle with and today I have a cool little tip for everyone. If you're not a geek, then this probably won't mean a whole you, but it can provide you with some very useful information.
If you have ever pressed: "ctrl+alt+delete" and chosen "task manager" then you know that you can monitor your cpu usage and all of the programs and applications currently running on your computer. Most people only use this when their computer freezes up and they don't know what else to do to unfreeze it. Sometimes it is very useful to have a shortcut to this, either on you're desktop or in you're quick launch bar, but this can be difficult to accomplish if you aren't very computer savvy. Now this is the part where I come in and teach you how to do this little task in a matter of 20 seconds. That being said, lets get started with this!
Below is a screen recording video of myself demonstrating this process of creating the desktop shortcut to the task manager. There is also text below the video that states what is happening in the video, if for some reason you would rather read through this instead of watch it.
First off, you are going to need to go to your desktop. I do this by using the keyboard shortcut, "windows key+D". If you don't know what the windows key is, it is in the bottom left of your keyboard right between ctrl and alt. Just hold that key down and press the D key on your keyboard at the same time, and you're computer will minimize everything and show your desktop.
Now you need to right click on a blank spot and go to the tab that says, new, and then click on the tab that says, shortcut. This will pop a box on your screen that says, "This wizard helps you to create shortcuts, to local or network programs, files, folders, computers, or Internet addresses. Type the location of the item." Below that there will be a box where you can submit text into. Click in the box and type, "taskmgr.exe" and then press next. Now there will be another box asking you to state the name of the shortcut. You can put whatever you choose in this box. In my case I'm going to put, Task Manager. Then just click finish and you will see a new icon on your desktop.
At this point you're almost complete, there is only one more step if you would like to customize it a little more for your liking. To do this you need to double click on the shortcut you just created and you should see a familiar screen. In the top click, options, and in the dropdown list there should be a few things already ticked. If not, don't worry they don't need to be ticked. In that list there will be an option that says, Hide When Minimized. Just click that and you're all set! Now when you minimize that window, it won't show up in your taskbar, but if you look to the right, in your system tray, you will see a new icon there that shows the cpu usage on you're computer.
Now whenever you want to see how much cpu you're computer is using, you just need to look in the system tray and you will get an estimate of how much cpu is being used.
I do need to site one source for this. I found this information at: *******technet.microsoft****/en-us/library/bb727136.aspx and I thought it was useful so I decided to pass it on to all of you!
If you think you have a tip or trick that is useful, then contact me and let me know! If I think its good enough, I might even make a video out of it!