I want to get the information in the Task Manager's Processes tab into Excel.

I want to do this because I am trying to make an image to deploy to a few workstation and need to see what I should include as running processes at startup, taking memory usage into account.

So is there any way I can extract the data as a CSV or .xls file?


You can't do this using the task manager itself, but you can use the built-in tasklist command line program to do it. Open a command prompt (cmd.exe) and use the following commands:

  • Type tasklist to output a list of all the currently running processes
  • To output as a csv, type tasklist /FO csv
  • To save the output of the command line to a file, add > filename.csv to the end of the command; for example, tasklist /FO csv > "%userprofile%\desktop\tasks.csv".

For full documentation on the various options for what to output, type tasklist /? into the command prompt.

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    Oh nice, tasklist totally slipped my mind, and definitely didn't know about csv formatting. I'm going to delete my answer. +1. – Sathyajith Bhat Nov 11 '10 at 0:23
  • Why thank you, good sir! I might have left your answer though - it's probably not ideal for this exact situation, but other visitors from the internet may still find it useful if they need to export additional details to a spreadhseet, since process explorer gives more information. – nhinkle Nov 11 '10 at 0:26

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