Vista: Use the Task Manager as a Desktop Gadget

Posted November 19, 2008 by Rob Rogers in Microsoft Vista

By now, I’m sure that you’ve become familiar with the Task Manager, using it to end processes and check cpu usage and network activity. Did you know with the double-click of your mouse, you could make the Task Manager look like a nice desktop gadget for monitoring your cpu usage and cpu usage history or your network activity.

1. Open the Task Manager by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting Task Manager.

2. Select either the Performance tab or the Networking tab (depending on what you wish to monitor).

3. Now double-click anywhere inside the window (not the menu bar).

4. You will now only see the graphical representation for either the CPU Usage or the Networking info. Resize the window to the desired size and reposition it to the desired location on your desktop.

To return the Task Manager to its original look, simply double-click inside the window.


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  • davak

    Awesome tutorial. Glad to see you get some props on lifehacker again. 🙂

  • **Juanito**

    Works in XP too

  • Eliot M. Gelwan

    This works in XP as well as Vista.

  • Free PS3

    Wicked tutorial! I have tried it in XP!

  • enash

    Can you add this as your desktop background so that its like “active desktop”? IT will be your desktop background?