Windows 10 now has a task manager that you can access from any PC game with a keyboard shortcut. You can even make it always on top on top of your gameplay. Find out what’s wasting resources and complete your tasks without Alt + Tab out of your game.
This article presents the “Resources” widget in Game bar built into Windows 10. Microsoft added this widget at the end of October 2020. Like all the tools in the so called “Xbox Game Bar”, it works everywhere in Windows, even when you are not playing a game.
Open the game bar and launch the Resources widget
To find this feature, you need to open the Xbox Game Bar. Press Windows + G to open it. You can use this shortcut while playing a game or using any other Windows application.
At the top of the game bar full screen interface, click the menu button to the right of the clock on the bar.
Select “Resources” from the menu to display the Resources widget on the screen.
If you don’t see the fullscreen gamebar interface, you may have disabled it or changed its keyboard shortcut. Go to Settings> Games> Xbox Game Bar to control these settings. Make sure the Game Bar is enabled at the top of this window. You can select a custom keyboard shortcut to open the game bar under the Keyboard Shortcuts heading.
Find out what uses the most resources
The Resources tool will show you exactly what is using the most resources. In its default form, it doesn’t even show you numbers, it just ranks processes based on their impact. A process can have a high, medium or low impact.
If you are playing a game and want to free up resources, you can close a process that is using a significant amount of resources. To do this, press Alt + Tab to exit the game and close it normally, or click the “X” of the process in the Resources widget. This will end the process as if you finished it from the inside out Windows 10 Task Manager.
Note that some processes are part of Windows and you should not attempt to terminate them.
For more information, you can click on “Show more”. You will get a Task Manager style interface which will show you the list of processes running on your PC along with their CPU, GPU, RAM and disk usage. You can click the header of any column to sort by it – for example, to see the processes using the most CPU at the top, click the “CPU” header.
As with the more compact interface, you can click the “X” to the right of a process to force close it. This is equivalent to clicking with the right mouse button on a process and selecting “End task” in the task manager.
Pin the widget to always keep it on top
Like other Game Bar features, this widget can be ‘pinned’ so that it is always on your screen, even when the Game Bar overlay is closed. You might have a panel that shows you resource usage always on screen while you are playing a game or using any other Windows application.
To pin the Resources widget – or any other widget – click the “Pin” icon in the upper right corner of the widget window. It will now appear on the screen even when you close the game bar.
You will find more options for the appearance of the Resource widget in its options window. Click the Options button to the left of the Pin button to access it.
If you want to get information about the overall system performance, use the Performance widget in the game bar instead. This widget can also be pinned to your screen, giving you statistics of resource use always on top while you are playing a game or doing other things on your PC.