How to Reset or Restore Task Manager to Default Settings in Windows 10

How to Reset or Restore Task Manager to Default Settings in Windows 10.

The main task of Task Manager is killing a not responding or stuck app. Whenever a program starts consuming too much system resources and makes the whole system slow, we can just kill the program using End Task button given in Task Manager.

You can run it by:

  • Right-clicking on Taskbar and selecting Task Manager option from the context menu;
  • Use Ctrl+Shift+Esc hotkey to quickly launch Task Manager;
  • Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select Task Manager.

Task Manager run in Compact mode by default which only shows currently running programs list. You need to click on More Details button to launch Task Manager in full mode.

Sometimes you may want to reset Task Manager to default settings. You may decide to restore Task Manager to factory settings which were applied on Task Manager by default when you clean installed Windows 10.

By default Windows 10 doesn’t provide any option in Task Manager to reset it but we can you can use Registry Editor to reset Task Manager to default settings.

1. Press WIN+R keys to open RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It’ll open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to following key:


TaskManager” is the main key which stores all Task Manager settings such as window size, location, customized options, etc. It contains a Binary value “Preferences” which stores all settings related to Task Manager.

3. To reset Task Manager delete TaskManager key. Once TaskManager key deleted, Windows will forget Task Manager settings and when you’ll launch Task Manager, it’ll launch it fresh in compact mode without any customization.

  • To delete the TaskManager key, select the key and press Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Or right mouse button click and select Delete.

That’s it. You have successfully reset Task Manager to default settings in Windows 10.

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