How to Change the Task Manager Real Time Update Speed in Windows 11

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This article describes steps to change the “Real time update speed” to control how frequently information in Task Manager is refreshed in Windows 11.

The Task Manager has been part of Windows since early Windows NT 4.0 / 2000, allowing users to view tasks (processes), start-up programs, services, and the computer’s overall performance.

With the release of Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft has updated the design of Task Manager to match the new Windows 11 design principles, including bringing a dark theme and automatically matching the system-wide theme.

A new feature in the updated Task Manager is “Real time update speed.” This controls how frequently information being displayed is updated or refreshed on the console.

You can choose between High (.5 seconds), Normal (1 second), Low (4 seconds), or Pause live statistics while using the app.

Change the real-time update speed in the Task Manager app

As described above, the “Real time update speed” controls how frequently information being displayed is updated or refreshed on the console.

Here’s how to change it in the app.

First, open the Task Manager app. You can also use the keyboard shortcut ( Ctrl + Shift + Esc ) to launch the Task Manager app.

Alternatively, select Settings at the bottom left of the Task Manager app.

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Windows 11 task manager app settings button

On the Settings pane, under Real time update speed, choose a speed setting:

  • High
  • Normal
  • Low
  • Pause
task manager real time update speed
task manager real-time update speed

You can also press the Alt + U keys to open the Real time update speed drop menu on the Settings pane.

That should do it!


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