Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

A task may refer to any of the following:


1. Task is a term used to describe a software program or section of a program that is running in a multitasking environment. Tasks are used to help the user and computer identify between each of the programs running on the computer.

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  • Microsoft Windows users can view currently running tasks using Task Manager.
  • Use the tasklist command to list the currently running tasks in Windows from the command line and taskkill to kill any running task.
  • Linux and Unix users can view top running tasks using the top command.

2. In general, task is also used to describe a step or assignment in a list of other steps or assignments.

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