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How to Find App Memory Usage on Windows 11

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If your computer starts running slow or apps become unresponsive, learn how to find app memory usage on Windows 11.

When you’re multitasking on a PC, you may start to notice a system slowdown. Apps can become unresponsive and freeze up.

The problem could be with your system’s RAM being stretched too far. This doesn’t mean you need to purchase more RAM sticks for your PC, but you can determine a potential rogue app using too much RAM.

The good news is you can easily find app memory usage on Windows 11 with a couple of built-in utilities. To determine how much RAM your apps are using so you can determine if one or more of them needs to be disabled, follow the steps below.

How to Find App Memory Usage with Task Manager

One of the best methods of determining the amount of RAM an app uses is via Task Manager. It used to be challenging to find and open Task Manager on Windows 11, but with recent updates, it can be accessed like previous versions of Windows.

To check app memory usage with Task Manager:

  1. Right-click the taskbar and choose Task Manager from the menu that appears.App Memory Usage on Windows 11
  2. Choose the Processes tab on the left.
  3. Select the Memory header at the top to sort apps by RAM usage.App Memory Usage on Windows 11
  4. Find the app(s) using the most amount of memory. If it’s causing problems, right-click the app and select the End task option.

It’s important to note that if the app you are working in uses a lot of RAM, save your work before ending the task. Of course, you can always relaunch it when you need it. However, if the app freezes up or becomes unresponsive, you may lose unsaved work.

Note that you can also close other apps using high amounts of RAM, and the app you need can become responsive by freeing up memory.

How to Find App Memory Usage with Resource Monitor

Another built-in tool you can use to determine app memory usage is Resource Monitor. It’s similar to using Task Manager; however, apps don’t have familiar names like Performance Monitor or Discord. Instead, it will be perfmon.exe or Discord.exe.

To find app memory usage via Resource Monitor:

  1. Press the Windows key, type resource monitor, and choose the top result under the Best match section.App Memory Usage on Windows 11
  2. Select the Memory tab at the top.
  3. Click the Commit (KB) tab to sort the apps by memory usage. Unlike Task Manager, which displays an app’s memory usage in megabytes, Resource Monitor displays it in kilobytes.
  4. To terminate an app or process, right-click it, and select End process from the menu.
  5. You might be unable to determine what an app is because of the naming convention in Resource Monitor. The good news is you can right-click and choose the Search online option. Microsoft Edge will launch and show you the results of the process. Those results will include Bing Chat AI if you have it enabled.App Memory Usage on Windows 11

Another significant difference when using Resource Monitor, you can only terminate one process at a time. So, you may need to end the app and related processes.

Free Up RAM Usage on Windows 11

If you suspect an app is using too much memory on your system, determining the problematic app is straightforward by using Task Manager or Resource Monitor. Also, remember that some apps like photo editors and games simply use a lot of RAM. So, if you find you are getting low, it might be time to consider a system upgrade.

For more on Windows 11, check out how to find your hardware and system specs. You might also be interested in installing Windows Subsystem for Linux and how to run Android apps on Windows 11.

Also, when it comes to security, take a look at how to enable system protection for drives on Windows 11. And don’t forget, if you have a program you have been using for use, learn about running old software on Windows 11.

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