The following covers How to easily Open Task Manager on Remote Desktop Connection. As I am sure you already know, the typical local keyboard combination Ctrl + Alt + Del does not work on a remote machine. However, the alternate solution is simpler than one might think. In the following simple solution, I cover how to run the Task Manager while working from a remote desktop.
How to Open Task Manager on Remote Desktop
You can Open Task Manager from a Remote Desktop by sequentially pressing and holding the following keyboard keys, and then releasing them;
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
For those who prefer to Open Task Manager in Remote Desktop with a mouse, here are some options.
To Start Task Manager from a Windows XP Remote Desktop;
Right click the Taskbar -> select Task Manager.
Or to Start Task Manager from a Windows 7, 8 Remote Desktop;
Right click the Taskbar -> select Start Task Manager.
To Start Task Manager from a Windows 11, 10, Remote Desktop;
Right click the Start Icon, and select Start the Task Manager.
Why Access the Task Manager on a Remote System?
Accessing the Task Manager on a remote system can be useful to help you troubleshoot system performance issues. For example; when an application on the remote computer is taking too long to open or respond.
The task manager processes tab shows you what is running on the remote system and how much CPU, memory, disk, and network resources are being consumed by each process. You can then use this information to help you narrow down the resource consuming culprit, and if necessary end the task or tree of tasks.
In addition, you can use the other tabs to understand overall system performance vs running tasks. For example; you can view overall system health or performance at a glance from the performance tab. Or select the users tab to see who, if anyone else, is also currently accessing the remote computer. See app usage history from the app history tab. Use the startup tab to study which apps are running at startup and their potential impact on performance. Or even start and stop running services via the services tab.