Is your PC running slow? We’ve talked about using Task Manager to close programs before, but it can also give you valuable information about your computer. Type Ctrl + Alt + Del and choose Task Manager from the screen that pops up. Task Manager will open.

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For more information about your PC, you can click on More details at the bottom of Task Manager.

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You’ll get this view.

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Some of the extra information you’ll see is how many documents or tabs you have open in a program.

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To the right, you’ll see how much of your CPU, Memory, Disk space, and Network is in use and how much of those resources each program is using. If you find that your PC has slowed, this can help you determine the culprit.

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Scroll down and you’ll see Background processes. As the name implies, these are things that run in the background even if the program isn’t open and sometimes can take up a lot of memory.  If your PC is running slow, this can be the culprit. Some of these processes need to always be running. Others can be shut down without causing a problem.  If you see that something is using a lot of memory, you can do a little research to find out what it is or experiment with closing it by selecting and hitting End task.

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Click the Performance tab and you can see how programs and processes have been using your CPU, Memory, and Wi-Fi resources.

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App history will break down specific information about apps while Users will show you which individual users of a shared PC are consuming the most resources. Based on that information you can choose to close down system-hogging programs.