Zoom on the new Windows 11 task manager

Microsoft has finally started testing a new version of Task Manager with Windows Insider Program users.

Task Manager continues to be one of the most popular tools for Windows and it’s the easiest way to identify problematic apps and end their process. With Windows 11 Sun Valley 2, Microsoft is exploring a new user interface for Task Manager, which drastically changes the application interface and replaces the traditional top bar/menu with a command bar.

Like the current version of Task Manager, the new version can also show the same set of screens, such as processes, performance, application history, startup applications, users, details, and services. However, there are some notable changes.

First, Task Manager has been updated with a side menu containing options such as Processes and Performance.

Task Manager

As shown in the screenshot above, Microsoft is removing the usual tabbed sections and you will find a new “hero item” feature which will show computer name and model, CPU, GPU and memory used

The new Task Manager design uses WinUI and matches the new design principles of Windows 11. This includes support for dark mode and a new settings page where you can change the task manager update speed and Moreover.

Task Manager

Microsoft is also adding a new command bar on every page to help users access common actions. For example, you can enable efficiency mode directly from the command bar when viewing the processes tab.

Task Manager

Efficiency mode is a new feature that will limit the CPU consumption of an application so that the system gives priority to other applications. You can also enable Efficiency Mode by right-clicking the process, but remember that you can only apply Efficiency Mode to a single process, so the option would be grayed out when trying to limit the entire group process or system processes.

The redesign of the Task Manager is far from perfect, but it’s good to see that Microsoft is keen to address UI consistency issues in the OS and that more improvements should appear in the future. preview versions.

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