What is this new Green Leaf icon in Task Manager of Windows 10

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The mysterious task manager of Windows 10

Since its release, many people have experimented and tried to find out the mysterious features of Windows 10. People have explored a lot and have found various new things in the OS. The OS is a lot different than the previous versions of Windows. Besides a completely different UI, the Windows 10 OS comes with various new methods, programs and a completely different way of handling our applications. One thing that people are very curious about is the Green Leaf feature in Windows 10’s task manager. In this article, you are going to know about its meaning in some detail.

Windows kept quiet about this feature after releasing it. Therefore, only a few people know about it. You might have come across it too, which is probably why you’re here. The feature has created curiosity among lots of people. Some people even think that their computers have been hacked. It isn’t the case. Read on to find out what it means.

Can this new feature of task manager improve Windows 10’s performance?


Are you running a Windows 10 PC? If the answer’s yes, please open the task manager of your PC right now and see if you can find the Green Leaf icon too. It is placed beside some of the applications you’re running. If you cannot find it, you’re probably not running the version of Windows 10 for which it was released. With the introduction of this feature it is expected that the speed and performance of your computer will increase.You’re probably very excited right now to know how it works and if it can really improve the computer’s performance.

How the Green Leaf feature works and what it actually does

As you know, the task manager is a window in which you can view all the processes. You can view all your running apps and also the different background processes. The processes that have a Green Leaf icon beside them are a bit different from the other processes. These are the processes which are actually ‘suspended’.


This can save your computers RAM, without significantly affecting the performance of the processes. You could say that Windows puts these applications in the ‘Ready state’ or ‘blocks’ them from being executed by the processor. Windows could do it when the app requires a human input/output. Also, you won’t feel any lag because of the Green Leaf feature while switching between processes.

A blessing for computers with lower specs

It is expected that the introduction of this new feature in several versions of Windows 10 will be a blessing for computers with lower specs. The feature is so smart that it can turn your RAM more efficient than before and you can enjoy faster speeds of computing and reduced lags. By suspending the apps until you launch them the Green Leaf feature does a really good job.Also, after the app is launch you will notice in the task manager that the Green Leaf icon disappears.

Hint on how you can get the Green Leaf icon too

Well, do you also want this icon if you don’t already have it? After reading so much positive stuff about it you probably want to get it too. Here’s a clue about it.

Some weeks ago Windows had introduced this feature of the ‘Task Manager’ in ‘Windows Insider’ builds. The feature was not released for the general public. So, if you’re an insider you probably would be having it already.The update which showcased this feature’s known as Redstone 4 a.k.a. Spring Creator’s Update. You might want to check the Spring Creator’s website to learn more. You might find it in the 1803 version from the catalog.

Final thoughts

As to conclude this article, we’d like to answer the most asked question about this feature. Is it any good? According to us, yes. From what we know about the feature, it really can optimize your computer’s performance and save some power.Also if Microsoft finds it important they might even release the feature out for the general public. People having lower spec computers might love having this feature and thank the company for it. If you try to, you can find a lot other good features of Windows 10.


  1. This feature doesn’t play nicely with Chrome. It has been freezing some of my tabs, and often it freezes the thread or threads that manage the tab selection bar and the URL bar, leaving me with black on the top of my screen. Not good. Is there a way to request that Windows un-suspend a process?

  2. nice and informative article BUT, there is something else to it, not sure… I was running FIREFOX and was watching task Manager to see what was going on, because my computer was slowing down.. the LEAF popped up on FIREFOX and after about 3 seconds it disappeared..

    does that mean part of FIREFOX was using a program, then it wasn’t, then it was, type thing?

  3. I also wondered what the green leaf indicated so I searched and found your explanation. If I had simply widened the Task Manager field column – Status – that had the leaf I would have seen the word – Suspended. Strange column layout. Although the Status column is wide in default width on my PC it only shows the leaf.

    I initially thought the whole app was suspended but when I displayed all the app components, I could see that only some were suspended probably because they were not needed.

    Fun to investigate and search. The old days of manuals that one could peruse for info seem to be gone. I guess the constant updating of software makes a printed manual become outdated too fast, Maybe an online manual produced by Microsoft would be the answer. Is there one?


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