I am using Windows 7 and when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del I first go into the welcome screen and only then I can go into the task manager.

I have no use for any other option on this screen, can I change it so the combination will get my directly to the task manager ?

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    That screen might be useful, it's "better" at stealing focus from a stuck app than task manager is, or at least this is my perception.
    – cloneman
    Dec 5, 2012 at 5:33
  • If I might add, this screen is better since it's a different desktop object (just like the UAC), while taskmgr is just an app.
    – EliadTech
    Dec 5, 2012 at 6:20
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    @cloneman In fact, it's pretty much the only thing that will interrupt a frozen full-screen application reliably. I've only had one time that it's failed me, and that was when the entire PC froze up. Dec 5, 2012 at 9:27
  • This cannot be changed, by design. Mar 17, 2014 at 1:41

3 Answers 3


You can use Ctrl+Shift+Esc for this

  • I discovered this some time ago and now that's a great keyboard saver! Dec 5, 2012 at 9:03
  • Works for me :)
    – Belgi
    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:19
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    Windows has many useful shortcuts, but not so well documented offically. However, this one is mentioned here. Dec 5, 2012 at 12:14
  • Works in vista too. Not tested in XP. Dec 5, 2012 at 16:19
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    @ruda.almeida works in XP/vista/7/8
    – Loktar
    Dec 5, 2012 at 19:46
  1. Open Help & Support from the Start menu.
  2. Type secure logon in the search box.
  3. The result is one option "Enable Ctrl+Alt+Del", choose it.
  4. Choose Advanced button.
  5. Check the box, press OK and Done.

You may have to restart.

  • I do not get that result at step 3. Mar 17, 2014 at 1:41

Another option to getting to task manager quickly is to right click on an open area of the task bar, then choose the "start task manager" option. You can also pin the task manager to the task bar to act as a quick launch if that is what you are looking for.

Of course one there is one last choice, if you go to the start menu in Windows 7 and in the search field at the bottom of the start menu, type "taskmgr" without the quotes, then hit the enter key on your keyboard, that too will launch the task manager directly.

I hope these tips helped out.

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