In my Windows Vista/7 days, Ctrl+Alt+Del was my fix for moments when my laptop became unresponsive or a particular app was causing a lag — I relied on it to launch the task manager window.
However, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Bill Gates was asked why he chose Ctrl+Alt+Del and why he ever thought the combination was a good idea.
In his words:
“You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk,” but sure. If I could make one small edit I would make that a single key operation.
Mind you, in 2013, he made a similar confession, but he blamed IBM for the issue, saying, “The guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button.”
To be honest, I don’t understand his regret.
I thought CTRL +ALT+DEL was supposed to be a *good* thing. There is little chance of pressing these combinations by accident —a dedicated button would have been a waste of keyboard real estate, and resulted in far more inadvertent task manager prompts.