May 9, 2012

Get Windows 8 Metro Task Manager’s Compact View Mode In Windows 7


The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 has a lot of similarities to Windows 7, but there are also a lot of changes as well, especially in terms of features and GUI. Windows 8 is the first PC-based operating system featuring the Metro UI. After the Windows 8 Consumer Preview got released, most developers had been coming up with software that  port Windows 8 features to Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
If you’re already using Windows 8 Lock Screen, Charms bar, Start Screen and other Windows 8 UI elements in Windows 7, check out Metro Task Manager, too. It’s an application that brings Windows 8 Metro style task manager to Windows 7. For those who aren’t familiar with the new task manager, it offers 2 view modes namely compact and extended view mode. You can read a detailed guide on Windows 8 Task Manager, its new features and options
The Task Manager is portable. Just run the executable file to view all the running applications along with their status. The application allows you to End Task for any running app, as well as quickly restart Windows Explorer.

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Clicking More Details launches the default Task Manager. In Windows 8, the More Details button reveals the extended Windows 8 Task manager, which contains Processes, Performance, App History, Startup, Users, Details and Services tabs.

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As of now, it’s just a basic implementation of Compact mode of Windows 8 Task Manager. Nevertheless, it lets you quickly view all running applications and end their processes. If the developer could include all the features of Windows 8 Task manager, it would certainly be a useful addition for users of previous versions of Windows.

If you are using recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview build or following this blog regularly, you might be knowing about the new modern and advanced Task Manager introduced in Windows 8 by Microsoft.
This new Metro Task Manager opens in a small window and shows the running programs list. It provides 2 buttons "More details" and "End Task". You can select a program from the list and click on End Task button to close the program. "More details" button opens a different Task Manager window which provides access to various other things such as services, users, etc similar to classic Task Manager which is found in earlier Windows versions.
If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and want to have a similar Task Manager in your Windows, here is something interesting for you.
Our reader "Masroor Aijaz aka JX Geat" has developed a Windows 8 look-like metro Task Manager utility for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Its a very small utility in size and is portable so you don't need to install it.

Following is a preview of this utility in action:

As you can see it looks very close to Windows 8 Task Manager. You can end task of running programs and when you click on "More details" button, it launches default Task Manager present in Windows.
It also provides "Restart Explorer" button to restart Windows Explorer similar to Windows 8. You can also use "Ctrl+P" keyboard shortcut to restart Explorer. Make sure the Task Manager window is active while using this hotkey.
If you close Metro Task Manager window, it sits quietly in system tray and you can again access it by double-clicking on its icon. If you want to permanently close it, right-click on its system tray icon and select Exit option.
You can download it using following link:

Download Metro Task Manager
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