How to open task Manager in Ubuntu

Most users know that Windows operating system has a classic app “task Manager”that allows you to monitor all running processes and perform with them certain actions. Distributions based on the Linux kernel, is also present such a tool, but it’s called “System monitor” (System Monitor). Next, we’ll talk about the methods available to run this application on computers running Ubuntu.

Run System monitor in Ubuntu

Each is discussed below, this method does not require from the user additional knowledge or skills, since the whole procedure is quite simple. Only occasionally have difficulty settings, but that is corrected very easily, what you too can find below. First I would like to tell you about what is easiest “System monitor” to run through the main menu. Open this window and find the required tool. Use the search function if too many icons and find the right becomes difficult.

After clicking on the icon will open the task Manager in the graphic shell and you can move on to taking other steps.

In addition, it should be noted that you can add “System monitor” to the taskbar. Look in the application menu, click on it RMB and choose “add to favorites”. After that, the icon will appear on the corresponding panel.

Now let’s move on to the options open, requiring a greater number of actions.

Method 1: Terminal

Every Ubuntu user will face working in the”Terminal”because this console is almost always the installation of updates, add-ons and different software. In addition, the Terminal is designed to run specific tools and the operating system. Run “System monitor” through the console in a single command:

  • Open the menu and open the application “Terminal”. You can use hot key Ctl + Alt + T, if a GUI is not responding.
  • Insert command snap install gnome-system-monitor, if the task Manager for some reason is missing in your build. After that, press Enter to activate the command.
  • Start the system by authentication. Input box password, and then click on “Confirm”.
  • After installing the “System monitor” open it with the command gnome-system-monitor, root not needed for this.
  • A new window will open on top of the terminal.
  • Here you can RMB click on any process and perform any action, for example, to kill or suspend the job.
  • This method is not always convenient since it requires a pre-launch console and typing a specific command. So if you are not satisfied, I suggest you read the following option.

    Method 2: keyboard shortcut

    The default hotkey to open the necessary us is not configured, so you’ll have to add it yourself. This process is done through system settings.

  • Click on the button and navigate to system settings by clicking on the icon in the form tools.
  • In the left pane, select the category “Device”.
  • Navigate in the menu “Keyboard”.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of combinations where find the button +.
  • Add any name of the shortcut, and in the field “Command” enter gnome-system-monitor, and then click on “Set shortcut”.
  • Hold the keyboard the appropriate keys and then release them to the operating system is made read.
  • Check the result and save it by clicking on “Add”.
  • Your team will now appear under the”more shortcuts”.
  • It is important before adding the new value to verify that the desired key combination is used to start other processes.

    As you can see, launch “System monitor” does not cause any difficulties. We can recommend to use the first method when hovering a graphical shell, and the second for quick access to the desired menu.


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