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 you from reducing the size of the task manager beyond that threshold.
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.
You can for instance position a smaller window somewhere on the screen so that it is always visible without using up too much screen estate.
Update: Please note that newer versions of Windows ship with a redesigned Task Manager that does not support the feature. Windows 10 for instance ships with a new task manager that starts in basic mode. While that is comparable, it lacks any options apart from program names that run on the system currently.
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.
A double-click on that border switches to ultra-compact mode which removes the tabs and menu bar in the Windows Task Manager which reduces the size of the program automatically.
That alone would not be helpful but the new mode enables you to reduce the window size of the task manager further. Just use the standard resizing options, by moving the mouse cursor to the border of the window, holding down the left mouse button and using a drag motion to increase or decrease the size of the application window.
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 automatically.
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