Task Manager in Windows 11 has always been a last resort for users trying to troubleshoot their PCs, myself included, but it has been sidelined by Microsoft for years. However, with the upcoming Sun Valley 2 update, it’s finally getting a redesign that elevates it to a modern standard, like dark mode.
pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE is a shortcut etched in the mind of many Windows users and has always launched Task Manager. It can forcibly close apps, prevent others from starting when you turn on your PC, and see how much memory some apps are using.
There are a lot of improvements currently in testing that are sure to please many users. You can try it on Windows 11 Build 25188 (opens in new tab)available on the Dev Channel if you’re signed in to the Insider program, which lets you try out features that may or may not appear in a future Windows 11 update.
A task manager for everyone
You can immediately see that the design has been updated to adapt the Fluent Design interface, which can be seen in Paint, Snipping Tool and other apps that have been updated in the same way since Windows 11 was released in October 2021.
However, there is more beneath the surface that made me breathe several sighs of relief. With options being moved to the left instead of tabs at the top like before, there’s a lot more you can do with apps and services in Task Manager.
You can enable ‘Efficiency Mode’ which can limit how apps use your PC’s memory and processor usage to better control your laptop’s battery life, for example.
The design of this new Task Manager also makes it easier to use touchscreen devices, which will make my wife’s touchscreen laptop even easier to use on Windows 11 when some apps refuse to shut down.
This is yet another attempt by Microsoft to make its apps cohesive in Windows 11, from the visual reflections to new features that can give users better control over how apps use hardware on a PC.
However, we still don’t know when Sun Valley 2 will arrive for everyone, which seems to bring tabs to File Explorer and an improved settings app. Regardless of when it might appear, the vast improvements it appears to bring could alleviate any frustrations with what some users are experiencing with Windows 11 so far.