Hands on with Windows 11’s redesigned Task Manager with dark mode

With version 22H2 or Sun Valley 2, another visual change is
coming to Windows 11. One of the most useful and popular tools
“Task Manager” is getting updated with Fluent Design and WinUI
to bring it more in line with the rest of the operating
system’s new design approach.

Microsoft has been working on redesigned Task Manager for a few
months now and it is in the early stage of development, so it
doesn’t contain a lot of modern design changes at the moment.
Task Manager’s new design uses WinUI and it is built on top of
the existing Win32 framework

In other words, Microsoft is not planning to build Task Manager
from scratch in UWP. The company plans to incorporate Windows
11’s new theme into the existing Task manager, and add support
for a few new features, such as dark mode and as well as a
dedicated settings page to help users manage certain features.

In addition to dark mode, one notable difference is a new
layout to house options like Process, Performance, Disk, GPU,
Network, etc.

Microsoft has removed the tabbed interface and replaced it with
a more touch-friendly hamburger menu. In place of the existing
tabbed interface buttons, you will find a new command bar with
options like “New task”, “End Task”, etc.

Task Manager settings

Microsoft has moved other advanced options to a new settings
page within the Task Manager.

As you can see in the above screenshot, options like “Default
start page”, “Real-time update speed” and “Window management”
have been relocated to the settings page for easier
accessibility.

Likewise, Windows 11’s flagship theme “Mica” is also evident.
For unversed, Mica material allows Task Manager to incorporate
Windows theme and desktop wallpaper into the background of the
app.

Of course, Task Manager’s context menu has also been updated
with rounded corners.

Task Manager now supports Efficiency mode

Microsoft is also testing a new “Efficiency mode” for Task
Manager. Previously known as “Eco mode”, Task Manager’s latest
feature allows users to control the power consumption of every
running process.

Task Manager efficiency mode

You can launch Efficiency mode from the new command bar on the
Processes page. Or you can also right-click on the process.
Efficiency mode works on a per-process basis, so it does not
apply to the entire group process.

As the name suggests, Efficiency mode lets you minimize
resource usage of a particular process without affecting the
performance of the OS as a whole. However, it can result in
stability issues for linked processes, so the company has
disabled the option for all native apps and internal processes.

As Windows Task Manager is still in development, much of the
new Task Manager is using elements from the legacy Task
Manager. Many of the older elements have been pasted into the
new one, so it doesn’t look good when you browse pages like
Details, Startup apps, and more.

Task Manager details tab

The redesigned Task Manager is currently rolling out with

Windows 11 Build 22557 and it is expected to land in the
production builds later this year.

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