This is our first look at the future Task Manager enhancements in Windows 11 22H2.

According to reports, Windows 11 22H2 will receive a significant Task Manager upgrade before testers in the Dev Channel. Users can now quickly identify the programme consuming system resources with the addition of a search bar to Task Manager, which continues to be the greatest tool for finding the app slowing down the PC and eliminating the running processes.

This is one of those features that many people have been asking for a very long time, much like the support for tabs in File Explorer. One common feature that ought to have existed from the beginning but didn’t until recently is the search bar. By just typing a file’s name into the search field, you can find programmes or processes like “File Explorer” there.

To take actions like “End the process” or “Open this file’s location,” you can right-click on the process while it is selected. Task Manager is now more user-friendly thanks to the search box, and you can quickly check the resource usage of a particular software by typing its name or process’ name into Task Manager.

Search bar in Task Manager!

improved support for themes in Task Manager

As you are undoubtedly aware, Windows 11 version 22H2 added support for dark mode to Task Manager. When the OS is running in dark mode, it is not possible to open Task Manager in light mode.

Microsoft has at last made it possible to directly alter the Task Manager theme via its settings.

Task Manager theme preference in Settings

You can now select your favourite theme in Task Manager regardless of the currently selected Windows theme.

Microsoft is also making in-app dialogues compatible with dark mode. Two legacy dialogues, “Run new task” and “Properties,” are still utilising the old Win32 theming, at least for the time being, despite the fact that nearly all dialogues have been updated with dark mode and Fluent Design.

These new dialogue boxes will follow accent colours or Windows/Task Manager themes.

Updated modern Task Manager dialogs

Users who are not a part of the Windows Insider Program will start receiving the update in a few months. Microsoft is presently evaluating these Task Manager changes in the Beta channel.

In the future months, Task Manager is anticipated to improve even more.

According to people familiar with the situation, Task Manager underwent a significant update in September 2022, and it appears that more improvements are forthcoming for the app. After many users believed that the tech giant had long since given up on Task Manager development, it’s a welcome change in Microsoft’s strategy.

Additionally, it is clear that Microsoft is now paying attention to the tiny aspects in well-known applications like Task Manager, and we anticipate additional Fluent Design adjustments in the coming months.

Christopher Woodill

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