How to Do ALT+CTRL+DEL and Enter Task Manager on a Windows 8.1 Tablet

ALT CTRL DEL and Task Manager on Windows 8-1 Tablet

If you’ve bought recently one of the Windows 8(.1) tablets and just figured out you can’t do ALT+CTRL+DEL because your device doesn’t have a keyboard, here’s a very simple solution for the problem.

Just press and hold the physical Windows Start button on your tablet and while holding it push your device’s power button.

Now, the reason most users want to know how to do ALT+CTRL+DEL on a Windows tablet is because it’s a popular way of accessing the Task Manager, which is one of the options on the screen after pressing the Start+Power combination (or ALT+CTRL+DEL on the physical keyboards). Even-though the actual keyboard shortcut to enter the Task Manager is CTRL+SHIFT+ESCAPE, ALT+CTRL+DEL appears to be a more common way among Windows users, although it’s indirect.

Anyway, if your intention was to manage currently running apps and services and monitor processor, RAM, disk and network usage of your tablet via the Task Manager, you can get into it directly by launching the program.

There are multiple ways to do that. Some of them are:

– Enter the Desktop mode, press, hold for a second and release the Windows Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen. A pop-up menu will appear with a Task Manager option on it. Click it and you’re done.

– In Metro or Desktop interface, swipe to left from the right side of the screen, click on the Search option and start typing Task Manager. The option will show up below the search field. Click it.

– If you access the Task Manager often, it can be handy to create a shortcut on the Task Bar, Desktop, or Start screen to the program.

– If you use the standard (laptop-like) virtual keyboard layout, you can access the Manager the old-fashioned way – by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESCAPE simultaneously or one key by one. By the way, ALT+CTRL+DEL the virtual keyboard doesn’t work.

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Danijel is a tech blogger who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based mobile PCs, from tablets and ultraportables to full blown gaming laptops.

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