How To Get An Ultra-Compact Windows Task Manager

This trick sounds like it would come in handy while trying to diagnose memory shortage problems on a system with a small screen.

Windows users can open the task manager with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc, or by selecting its entry in the context menu after right-clicking the taskbar in the operating system. Those who have tried to reduce the size of the task manager window have without doubt noticed that it has a fixed minimum size that prevents reducing the window further than that size.

Most users do not know that it is possible to reduce the size of the task manager beyond that point to make it usable for users with specific window size requirements.

The compact mode of the program can be activated by double-clicking the inner border of the task manager, take a look at the screenshot below to see the area.

task manager

task manager

A double-click on that border switches to ultra-compact mode which removes the tabs and menu bar in the Windows Task Manager.

windows task manager compact

windows task manager compact

That alone would not be helpful but the new mode allows to reduce the window size of the task manager further.

windows task manager

windows task manager

The task manager window can be reduced to an absolute minimum this way. It is possible to switch modes again by double-clicking a second time on the border. This however resizes the window to the minimum allowed size of that mode.

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