A lot of processes in Windows are shown running in the Task Manager, you can see which processes are consuming CPU, memory and disk, but did you know that you can also view the energy usage of a particular process?

The Task Manager shows that you have indicated columns that include the process name, State, CPU, memory, disk and network usage. After October 2018, Windows Update, you can now add two new columns in the Task Manager - energy usage and energy usage trend.

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How To View Energy Use In Task Manager [Windows 10]

To view the energy usage of processes in the Task Manager, follow these steps.

  • Open the Task Manager to CTRL + Shift + Delete the keyboard shortcut or use the Task bar by Right clicking on it and selecting the Task Manager.
  • After opening the Task Manager, click on more details at the bottom.
  • Under the Processes page, right click on all columns and check the energy use and the trend of energy use.

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If you've seen these columns, there's no need to add them. If not shown, enlarge the Task Manager window or resize the columns to accommodate the added ones. If you don't see both options in the list, it means that Windows is not up to date yet, make sure that you have upgraded to the latest version to get this functionality.

Now, what does energy use and trend do? The use of energy shows that the current energy consumption of a given process, while the trend of energy use shows that the long-term trend in the use of energy in the process. Depending on the use of, it shows very low, low, high and very high.

Say you are using Microsoft Edge and shows very little usage means that Microsoft Edge does not significantly affect battery performance, while a game like the PUBG you are playing shows high usage means that it drains battery power dramatically. For games, you can also add GPU Utilization column in the Task Manager.

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You can see which applications used the most power and which applications used the least. This is similar to battery usage on most Android smartphones.

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  • Go to configuration -> System -> Battery and click on 'see the applications that are affecting your battery life'.

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