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CTRL-shift-ESC to go straight to the Task Manager in Vista

by Tris Hussey on July 5th, 2007

 I figured enough of you might have been driven nuts by this new “feature” in Vista that I’d give you the meat of the article in the title.

Windows XP’s trusty CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination, which summonses the task manager, has a slightly different effect in Windows Vista: it brings up a selection dialog (pictured) which requires another click or keypress to lock the computer, switch user, log off, change a password, or start the task manager. To go directly to the task manager and bypass this dialog altogether, like in the olden days? Hit CTRL + SHIFT + ESC instead.

Vista Task Manager discovery [Tech Reviews]

Windows Vista Tip: Go straight to the task manager
Kyle Pott

Geez, it only took six months to learn that tip!

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1 opinion for CTRL-shift-ESC to go straight to the Task Manager in Vista

  • PyjamaSam
    Jul 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Ctrl-shift-esc works in XP as well (xp sp2). When part of a domain ctrl-alt-delete does the same thing as vista and brings up a box asking you log off, or open the task manager, or lock the computer.

    The ctrl-alt-delete trick only works for XP systems not part of a domain.

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