The Task Manager is an application that allows you to view all the running processes, as well as monitor the computer’s performance.

The Task Manager has been around in Windows for a long time, but it has only been since Windows 10 that you get detailed graphics for checking the performance of important hardware such as the CPU.

The processes running in Windows and which are viewable from Task Manager play a direct roll on how well your computer runs. For example, if you have a virus that is showing up as a new process, you will notice more of your CPU and memory usage from the Performance tab in Task Manager.

Task Manager is able to be opened regardless of what you have on your screen. Nevertheless, there may come a time when you want to save the list of processes to a file so you can export it to another computer, say if you were to receive outside assistance for troubleshooting your computer problems, and they don’t remotely connect.

The following tutorial demonstrates how to save a list of all currently running processes via the Task Manager when you are using a version of the Windows operating system.

An example of how running processes appear in Task Manager in Windows 10:

Windows 10 running processes

Method One: How to Save List of Running Processes in Task Manager to File in Windows

You can type a command into the command line to save a list of running processes. Here is how you can do that:

1. Open the Command Prompt application. See this tutorial is read all the different ways you can open the Command Prompt window in Windows 10: How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

2. Type the following command into the command line and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to execute it:

tasklist /V > "%userprofile%\Desktop\Running processes.txt"

3. After a few seconds, it will automatically create a new file on the desktop named Running processes. Double click on the Running processes file to open it.

4. You can open the Running processes file with Notepad.

You can send the .txt file that you open with Notepad to other people from your email or most other methods of communication.

That’s all.

Method Two: How to Save List of Running Processes to File in PowerShell

Like the Command Prompt, you can type in a command into Windows PowerShell and get the list of running processes saved. Here is how you can do that:

1. Open the Windows PowerShell application. See this tutorial is read all the different ways you can open the Windows PowerShell window in Windows 10: How to Open Windows PowerShell in Windows 10

2. Type the following command into the Windows PowerShell window and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to execute it:

Get-Process | Out-File -filepath "$Env:userprofile\Desktop\Running processes.txt"

Running processes saved to Windows PowerShell

3. After a few seconds, it will automatically create a new file on the desktop named Running processes. Double click on the Running processes file to open it.

4. You can open the Running processes file with Notepad.

You can send the .txt file that you open with Notepad to other people from your email or most other methods of communication.

That’s all.