Windows 10 Tip: Display CPU, Network, Memory and Disk Usage in the System Tray

Normally, you can find the CPU, network, memory and disk usage in Windows Task Manager. It is useful for identifying resource clogs, sorting apps by use type, and more.

When the Task Manager is open, you can see its icon in the system tray – hover over it, and you will see the floating window displaying the usage for CPU, network, disk, and memory.

However, when you close the Task Manager, the icon is gone. So, if you want to be able to see that information in your system tray without having to launch the Task Manager, there is a workaround – XMeters.

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Once you install and run XMeters, it will prompt you for permission to add it to your taskbar → choose Yes.

The XMeters will add the CPU, disk, memory and network usage to the system tray by default: CPU for all cores separately, separate stats for system and user usage. If you need to customize that view, click XMeters settings → untick Show Individual Cores → this will display a unified view of CPU usage.

The same is true for other stats – you can untick the respective stats in the settings to hide them from your system tray.

The app has several styles for displaying the stats – a bar chart, a pie chart, or plain text. You choose. Likewise, you can customize the color of the text: Settings → Colors → choose the preferred color for the respective item.

Note: if you click the stats displayed by XMeters, it will automatically trigger Windows Task Manager. So, if you want to customize the app behavior, right-click the stats. To close the app, disable it from the Task Manager.