How to set Task Manager default startup tab on the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Alongside the new features and improvements, starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903), Task Manager has the ability to set your preferred tab as the default every time you open the experience.

If the new option sounds familiar, it's because back in Windows 7, Task Manager was able to remember the tab you left off, but the behavior was removed on Windows 8.x. Now, beginning with version 1903, the new option doesn't bring the old behavior back, but it's a welcome addition that should once again help you to jump immediately to the tab you use more frequently.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to set a new default tab when launching the Task Manager starting with the May 2019 Update.

How to set a default tab for Task Manager

To set a different startup tab as your default experience in Task Manager, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Task Manager, and click the top result to open the experience.Quick tip: You can also open Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut, or you can also right-click the taskbar and select the Task Manager option.
  3. Click the Options menu.
  4. Select the Set default tab option.
  5. Choose the tab that you want to open when you start Task Manager.

Once you complete these steps, restart Task Manager, and it should now open on the tab you specified.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.