#1 By: howtogeek, May 28th, 2013 19:30
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/149280/how-can-i-make-ctrlaltdel-go-right-to-the-task-manager-in-windows-7/
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#2 By: Straspey, May 28th, 2013 22:17
Actually Lowell - I think your article from 2008 says it all:
"Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Open Task Manager’s "All Users" View in Windows 7 or Vista"
Task Manager All-User Shortcut
In my case, I put the shortcut into a folder and pinned it to the taskbar - which works great for me because I access it a few times a week.
#3 By: Lowell Heddings, May 28th, 2013 23:26
Technically you could probably make an AutoHotkey shortcut that remaps Ctrl+Alt+Del.
#4 By: Naman Sood, May 29th, 2013 03:07
I knew this since I used XP, when I had my netbook as my primary (read:only) PC.
#5 By: A happy, May 29th, 2013 06:07
I always right-click on the start bar and then select 'Task Manager'. Means that you don't have to wait for the screen to pop up on slower computers. But, it is nice to know a new trick!
#6 By: andrew_berge, May 29th, 2013 12:31
NanoGeek: It's crazy how few people know about this. Seems like forever since i've last used ctrl+alt+del.
#7 By: Iszi, May 29th, 2013 12:42
I doubt it. Ctrl+Alt+Del is a Secure Attention Key sequence which the OS is specifically meant to prevent from being intercepted.
You can read more about it on the wiki link above, or on the IT Security StackExchange Blog.
#8 By: Lowell Heddings, May 29th, 2013 12:46
You could use a registry hack to remap the Del key to something else, and then use AutoHotkey to send the Del key like normal, except when all three keys are pushed. I bet it would work.
#9 By: Iszi, May 29th, 2013 12:52
I'd be interested to see this tried. If it is possible, it would really break the whole point of the SAK.
#10 By: Lowell Heddings, May 29th, 2013 12:55
I mean, I remap the Alt and Win keys on my MacBook Air, and that works. So I'm already remapping one of the keys involved.
#11 By: Iszi, May 29th, 2013 13:21
Remapping the individual keys is one thing. Many programs use Ctrl, Alt, and Del individually for their own purposes. It's the interception of the entire sequence, before the OS acts upon it, that's meant to be prevented. i.e.: You can probably set AHK to do something for each of the keys, but you'll not likely be able to do all of those tasks by pressing the keys simultaneously without having Windows pop-up the welcome screen first.
#12 By: Lowell Heddings, May 29th, 2013 13:32
It actually works differently than that... it's a registry hack for the keyboard.
#13 By: Iszi, May 29th, 2013 13:33
Whichever it is, the point remains that the OS kernel is programmed to recognize the combined sequence and prevent other applications from intercepting it. Allowing that to be subverted by a simple Registry hack would completely defeat the purpose of this security feature.
#15 By: Farris, May 29th, 2013 22:24
Umm, I think I see a basic difference in @geek and @Iszi here. The original C/A/Del sequence was supposed to help keep an Accidental keying of the sequence from happening by being an unlikely combination to be used and then was picked up by everyone else as a secure sequence and may have been worked into the kernel to prevent interception, I'm not knowledgeable enough to comment on that point. However, Like all things on a computer, the individual who owns it can do quite a bit with it that the manufacturer either can't, or, won't, ( for various reasons ) be able to block or prevent. One of the things they most likely would not be able to stop, is for someone to come up with someway to make a simple keystroke or click of the mouse, combine those signals and then pass it by the kernel, thus bypassing the original intention of the security feature. Not saying it should be done ( not by newbies anyway ), just that it could be done.
#16 By: Jim Kirk, May 30th, 2013 02:55
You could always use Ctrl, Alt, Esc instead - this will take you directly to the task manager processes tab.
#18 By: Iszi, May 30th, 2013 14:26
I'm not sure this is accurate. It seems to just cycle through open windows for me (Win 7).
#19 By: dpb, May 30th, 2013 15:52
In Windows 7 use
CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
#20 By: John Chorley, June 4th, 2013 05:10
I'm on Windows 8 professional and when I try and get the task manager up it takes forever to load up. I've tried using CTRL + ALT + ESC but it doesn't work.
Anyway can I speed the loading time of Task manager?
#21 By: John Chorley, June 4th, 2013 05:11
That doesn't work on Windows 8.
Update: Sorry it works. thanks. Task Manager on Windows 8 takes too long to show up.