Configure Task Manager to Display Full Path of Running Processes

Task Manager is a helpful tool which displays information about the performance of your computer and the programs and processes that are running on your computer. By default, the Task Manager does not list the complete path and the command-line arguments for the running processes. This article tells you how to enable those two options.

Task Manager columns

Launch Task Manager (taskmgr.exe). From the View menu, click Select Columns… Scroll down the listing, select the following options and click OK.


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  • Image Path Name
  • Command Line

(Fig 1: Task Manager showing Image Path Name and Command Line)

Note: The options Image Path Name and Command Line are not available in Windows XP and earlier. In Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems, you need Process Explorer or any other process viewer to see the path name and command line of a running process. You’d also like to read my earlier article titled What’s the suspicious Rundll32.exe process?.

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