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Taskbar Meters Turn Your Taskbar into a System Resource Monitor

If you’re looking for some simple hardware monitoring tools that don’t clutter up your screen real estate but are right in front of you when you need them, Taskbar Meters sit unobtrusively right on the Windows taskbar.

Open source, lightweight, and portable Taskbar Meters is actually a set of three applications. There is one for monitoring memory use, one for CPU use, and one for disk activity. Using the application is as simple as running the specific app for the monitoring you want (we have all three running in the screenshot here) and adjusting the sliders to set the update frequency and the percent utilization at which the meters turn from green, to yellow, to red.

If you’re testing software loads and benchmarking Taskbar Meters doesn’t offer the kind of fine-tooth-comb view into system performance that you’ll need but for casual “What’s going on with my machine?” monitoring, it’s unobtrusive and effective.

Taskbar Meters is an open source set of portable applications, Windows 7 only.

Taskbar Meters [Codeplex]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/10/11

Comments (7)

  1. indianacarnie

    Nice find!

  2. Seasider

    Brilliant. Have solved a few problems using a resource meter and this is much better than having a meter sat on top of open windows.

  3. ajdman89

    This is really handy and awesome! But how do I make it start up automatically when windows starts? Thanks.

  4. Jackfinished

    @ ajdman89 you can try adding the executable to the startup folder.

  5. ajdman89

    Oh I found a similar app that sits in the system tray in case anyone doesn’t like the taskbar. It’s called SysTrayMeter. Although it doesn’t have the bells and whistles from Taskbar Meters, I find it very simple and minimalistic. Here’s the link:

  6. MrBrownSound

    How much resources does this application use itself? Looks useful, but I’d rather see the task manager instead.

  7. Mohan

    Very cool!

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