Whilst dropping my keyboard a few hours ago, I pressed down a few keys whilst trying to keep it in my hands. When my view returned to the screen, I saw that I had called up a Task Manager.

However, not only can I not find it in the menu, I've also used a search engine and I can't find information on how to call this up with the keyboard.

Does anyone know how to do this?

I am using LXDE.


2 Answers 2


You can run the system monitor from the Terminal by typing: gnome-system-monitor

Alternatively, run this command by pressing ALT+F2 and typing gnome-system-monitor.

AFAIK, There is no shortcut for System Monitor, you need to create one.

  1. Go to System Settings
    1. Click Keyboard
    2. Click the "+" symbol near the bottom of the window
    3. Give your command a title. E.g. System Monitor
    4. In the Command field, enter gnome-system-monitor
    5. Enter the key combination you want for your shortcut. E.g. Ctrl+Alt+M
    6. Click Apply

Or maybe it could be that you setup a shortcut before and you don't remember? Check by going into Keyboard settings.

Note : This answer is specifically for gnome.

  • thanks for the answer. unfortunately i forgot to say that i am using lxde
    – LavinEsix
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 15:39

On LXDE, CtrlAltDelete opens the task manager. You can customise this by editing the rc.xml configuration file.

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