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Definition: task manager

A utility program that reports the status of running programs. Task managers are used to review which applications and background processes are running, as well as to stop an app that is not responding. See Ctrl-Alt-Del, Command-Option-Escape, Win Task Manager and task management.

Windows and Mac Task Managers
Every operating system can report its running applications and background processes as in these Windows Task Manager (top) and Mac OS X Activity Manager examples.