Keyboard Shortcuts - Ctrl + Shift + Esc is the new Ctrl + Alt + Del

Everyone knows Ctrl + Alt + Del, but do you know Ctrl + Shift + Esc?

When I want to kill a program, the first place I go is Task Manager. Most people know to open Task Manager by using Ctrl + Alt + Delete. This is so pervasive in pop culture that it even has its own Wikipedia article - the history is very interesting and I recommend the read. I’ll leave searching online for “ctrl alt del jokes” as an exercise to the reader.

In Windows 8, Ctrl + Alt + Del got a makeover and now brings up a menu. From that menu, you may then select Task Manager.

There is still a way to bring up your beloved Task Manager without the extra step. Ready?

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Tada. You’ve saved yourself a few clicks.

Open Task Manager directly with Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

The keys even line up nicely on the left side of the keyboard!

Let me know if there’s any lesser-known Windows keyboard shortcuts that you can’t live without.

Written on May 6, 2016