Does the Chromebook have a Task Manager? If there is one, how do you access it? Well, you don’t have CTRL + ALT + DELETE on the Chromebook. However, you still get a Task Manager that lets you force-close or kill apps and processes.
How to open task manager on Chromebook
The Chromebook has a Task Manager. You can open it using the keyboard shortcut SEARCH + ESCAPE.
Note: If you are on Windows, you can use SHIFT + ESC to open the Google Chrome Task Manager.
You will notice that the task manager looks similar to the Chrome browser’s task manager. However, on a Chromebook, you will see additional items listed.
You can also access the Task Manager from Chrome’s settings menu. To do this, click the three-dots settings icon:
Click More Tools and then choose Task Manager.
End Process and Apps (Force Quit)
Most of the times, the first process/app that you see on the list will be the Chrome browser. You cannot kill this process.
You will notice that the “End process” icon is disabled:
Force-close Android Apps
You can force-close or “kill” Android apps from the Task Manager. Open the Task Manager, select the app and click End process.
You can also end:
- System processes (proceed with caution)
- Chrome tabs
- Chrome apps
- Chrome extensions
You can use the task manager to troubleshoot when apps are frozen. If your Chromebook is frozen, a reboot will be better.
PS: I wasn’t sure if we can call this Chromebook’s Task Manager because it is the Chrome task manager with a few more options. This Chromebook help page from Samsung’s website made that decision easy.
Adding more information to the Task Manager
By default the Task Manager shows the following:
- Memory footprint
- Process ID
You can, however, add more columns to view additional data. Here are some of the additional details availale:
- Swapped memory
- Image cache
- Script cache
- CSS cache
- GPU memory
- SQLite memory
- NaCl debug report
- Idle wake ups
- File descriptors
- Process priority
- Keep alive count
To add new rows, right-click anywhere on the Task Manager and choose the item you want to add:
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