This article first appeared on May 30th, 2012.
Sometimes you’ll be working on your computer and find that it’s become very slow for some reason or perhaps a particular program is hogging up a lot of time.
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It may be because that program is using more memory than other programs you have open.
To find out which of your programs are hogging the most memory on a Windows machine, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then open the task manager.
Then, click on “processes”. You’ll see a list of programs. Click on “memory” – this will organise the open programs into which are using the most memory. Find out which one is causing the problem, and then close it.