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When I use heavy software sometimes my computer gets hanged. I have shut down my laptop holding the power key. Is it possible to open system monitor by keyboard shortcut like what we do in windows by ctrl+alt+delete?

I am trying to mean that, even in hanged stated if I press ctrl+alt+delete the task manager appears and from there I can stop problematic programs successfully. But the system monitor is not that powerful in ubuntu. When ubuntu gets hanged I have no other option to restart it manually. Even I cannot open terminal by ctrl+alt+T.

I need the system monitor or the terminal to be that powerful to appear on hanged situation by keyboard shortcuts.

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I'm not aware of something for Linux that is as mighty as Window's Task Manager.

Try htop, this will most likely do what you are looking for - according to the headline of this post More information about htop on wikipedia.

You can simply install htop via Ubuntu's Software Center.

Once htop is installed, start the terminal CTRL+ALT+t and enter htop in the terminal.

htop is a very powerful tool for managing and monitoring processes on your Linux.

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  • What is strg? – muru Aug 22 '15 at 1:27
  • Sorry, my bad, I meant CTRL not STRG. The latter is the German equivalent for the English CTRL. – johann_ka Aug 22 '15 at 1:42
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If you go to System Settings->Keyboard you can set up shortcuts manually on one of the tabs (don't have my laptop in front of me to tell you exactly what the tab is called).

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