Friday, April 15, 2011

Windows task manager missing tabs and menus

A Windows Task Manager with missing menu bar and tabs is a Task Manager running in Tiny Footprint mode according to Microsoft.

Windows XP Task Manager in Tiny Footprint mode
What's the point? Beats me.

So, how do we restore the familiar tabs and menus to Task Manager? There's two ways of going about it:

  1. Open Task Manager. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+ENTER to revert to switch back.
  2. Double click the empty space on the borders of Task Manager in Tiny Footprint mode.

That's all there is to it. Either method will fix things up.

Normal Task Manager
Simple and easy, though I wonder why Microsoft bothered adding such a pointless feature for task manager. The saved screen real estate doesn't really help in any way that I can see but just makes using the Task Manager more confusing for those who don't know about this "feature".