Windows 11 Task Manager finally gets a search feature

November 3, 2022

At long last! Few would have imagined that the Windows 11 Task Manager would be the feature that is getting so much love from Microsoft, yet here we are.

The software titan continues to roll out new additions here. It is, after all, one of the more used components of the OS, appreciated by both novices and powers users alike.

The Task Manager being such an integral component was the reason that Redmond persevered with the philosophy of keeping things as they were.

If it works, why fix it, after all?

But the arrival of Windows 11 — and with it the drive to modernize the various elements within the new operating system — meant that the software titan is now refining even the most critical of features. And doing a pretty good job at it.

Which is why one idea that is being tested right now is that of baking in a search feature into the Task Manager to allow users to conduct searches using the process name, publisher, or PID. The ultimate goal being to make finding a specific process much easier.

This new addition is currently hidden, but some keen individuals have been able to activate it.

And it looks just like you would expect it to:

Task Manager Search


The availability of the search bar will aid power users the most, as it will save them from scrolling through a long list of running processes (or hit the key representing the first letter of the app on their keyboard) every time they wanted to kill a running process.

This is actually the reason why many of these folks relied on powerful alternatives like Process Explorer to kill a process without having to use Task Manager. Thankfully, that won’t be necessary now.

This new feature is currently hidden in the latest build of Windows 11, build 25236, which is now up for grabs in the Dev channel of the preview program.

For the record, it did first arrive in build 25231.

If you want to enable it on your test system, you can do so easily via ViveTool by navigating to its location in a terminal and entering the following command:

vivetool /enable /id:39420424

This should activate this new functionality on your system and you can take it for test drive.

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