Windows 10 1903: Set a default Task Manager tab

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 14, 2018
Windows, Windows 10

Windows 10 users may set a default Task Manager tab in the next feature update for the operating system.

Microsoft modified the Task Manager in Windows 10; the company added features to the Task Manager, e.g. to display the GPU performance or process groups. Other changes, especially the limited display mode the Task Manager opens with on first start, were not as well received.

The Windows Task Manager opens the Processes tab when you launch it regardless of which tab was active when you exited it the last time you used it.

Processes provides a grouped overview of running processes starting with applications opened by the user or during system start. It highlights cpu, memory, disk and network use of each process.

Users and administrators may prefer the view that the details tab provides instead; it lists file names of processes, offers more details by default, and displays processes in a single sorted listing instead of multiple grouped listings.

Microsoft implemented a new feature in recent Insider Builds of Windows 10 that gives users an option to set a default tab. Windows Task Manager will open the selected tab when it is launched instead of the default.

Users who don't modify the setting will get the Processes tab as the default just like it is in previous versions of Windows 10 (ignoring basic mode).

windows 10 task manager default tab

Just select Options > Set default tab and pick one of Task Manager tabs to make it the new default. All Task Manager tabs can be selected: Processes, Performance, App history, Startup, Users, Details, Services. You can switch to another default tab at anytime using the menu.

Closing Words

The option to set a default tab in the Task Manager may not be a groundbreaking change or feature, but administrators and users who switch to other tabs regularly may appreciate it nevertheless.

Sometimes, it is small changes that have a bigger impact than larger changes. I use details view all the time and switch from the processes tab to it whenever I open the Task Manager.

Now You: Which tab do you use the most in the Task Manager? (via Softpedia)

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  1. Pierre said on December 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Processus (processes ?), the 1st
    Windows 10 1803

  2. Lucidity said on December 16, 2018 at 1:26 am

    The ability to set the default tab in Task Manager, clearly been one of the most pressing issues plaguing Windows 10 up until now.

    Then again, apparently installing Candy Crush on all the office PCs with Windows 10 a few months ago was even more urgent than this.

    Now I’m not suggesting Microsoft managers are completely bonkers or anything…

  3. Jeff said on December 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Too them too long to implement what should have been from the start. But anyway at least the shit is slowly improving even though the Windows 7 Task manager is extremely superior, fast and well-designed for simpler use cases, and of course, Process Explorer, Process Hacker or Process Lasso fill the void for more advanced use cases. The Windows 8/10 Task Manager still has many issues, especially the usability and performance are poor.

  4. John G. said on December 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    W10 1903? March 2019? I don’t believe it. Anyway, only four months of 1809 should be enough.

    1. ilev said on December 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      I am still on 1803 :-)

      1. pHROZEN gHOST said on December 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        Me too. And many others I know.

        They really do HOPE and PRAY to have v1809 fixed some time AFTER v1903 launches. But don’t count on it.

        Remember people, DO NOT click “Check for updates” in settings or you could be a voluntary free (aka unpaid) v1809 tester.

      2. John G. said on December 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        Good decision by the way, you lucky guy! :)

  5. chesscanoe said on December 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Whether you are designing a hat for your head or an operating system, “one size fits all” is never a satisfactory approach. The more options made available makes for a higher % of happy customers,

    1. pHROZEN gHOST said on December 15, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Except that some (non-technical) customers are overwhelmed by large option lists.

  6. Yuliya said on December 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Process Explorer > Windows 7 task manager >>>>> pile of crap >>>>> Windows 8/10 task manager

    1. John G. said on December 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Yes, for sure, Process Lasso is one thousand times better than Process Explorer.

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