Historically speaking, Microsoft has never made a lot of changes to the Task Manager. It has remained, for the most part, unchanged up until Windows 8. Of course, with Window 10, the Task Manager has gained a whole host of new features. It can now tell you how well your GPU is performing and come this fall, you will be able to find power consuming apps on Windows 10 from the Task Manager. Not only can you view which apps are consuming a lot of power, you can also view their historical power consumption.
This feature is available in the Windows 10 Insider Build 17704. It should be part of the next major feature update for Windows 10 that is expected to be released in fall this year.
Find Power Consuming Apps
The power consumption information is available for apps that are currently running. Open the Task Manager and you will see two new columns next to the default ones called Power usage and Power usage trend. If you don’t see these columns, right-click any one of the columns and enable these two columns by selecting them from the context menu.
You can sort the apps by lowest or highest power consumption and use it to determine which apps you shouldn’t use when you’re on battery power. The power usage trend column will start to fill up almost immediately so if you want to see the long term power consumption of an app, you should let it run a while and get a more accurate idea of which apps are power hungry.
Power consumption isn’t something that is impacted by other apps running on your system. It is however impacted by whether or not you’re putting the app through its paces. For example, if you’re cropping an image in Photoshop, it isn’t going to need a lot of power or a lot of resources. If however, you’re using Photoshop to process HDR photos, it will consume more power and more resources. The point is, using an app long term is what will give you a better idea of how much power it consumes.
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