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Get the Classic Style Network Activity Indicator Back in Windows 7

Are you looking for a Network Activity Indicator that shows more life than the default one in Windows 7? Now you can get the classic dual monitor icon style version back and see when network activity is occurring.


Here is the default “Network Activity Indicator” in one of our example systems…regardless of what is going on it looks pretty lifeless (and boring).




When you download the app it will be in a zip file and contain only three files. Once you have unzipped the contents you will need to create a “Program Files” folder, place the contents inside, and create a convenient shortcut. Now you are ready to “replace” the default “Network Activity Indicator” and enjoy some classic goodness.



As soon as you start the app you will have two “Network Activity Indicator” icons temporarily displaying in your “System Tray”.


Time to make the default “Network Activity Indicator” disappear. Use the “Customize Command” to open the “Notification Area Icons Window”.


Scroll through and set the default “Network Activity Indicator” to “Hide icon and notifications”…


And set “NetworkIndicator.exe” to “Show icon and notifications”. Click “OK” when you are finished.


Now you can easily see when network activity is occurring.



Menus & Settings

This is the “Right Click Menu” for the app… You can access the settings from here and to close it you will actually need to click on “Close Menu”.


Here are the settings. You can customize the “Blink Duration” and set the app to automatically load when Windows starts.



If you have been wanting a “Network Activity Indicator” that shows more life than the default built into Windows 7, then you should definitely give this app a try.


Download the Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 (version 1.7)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/16/09

Comments (7)

  1. moosh101

    Version 1.2 has been released on DiviantART with a better Vista looking animated icon.

    Download available here:

    Works on both Windows 7 32 and 64 bit editions.

  2. Asian Angel

    @moosh101 – The deviantART release is an altered version of the one created by Igor Tolmachev that we featured here…

    Igor just released his official 1.1 version on December 12th…

  3. stjepan

    You didn’t tell as how to ziped and unziped and how to make program files folder

  4. moserw

    Very interesting. Is there anyway to do it without the installation and hack? I’m running Windows 7 64-bit.

  5. Patrick

    if you unplug your lan cable the monitors still blinking if as still connected…

  6. Len

    There is a program called LanLight that does a great job of this. There is no functionality except knowing incoming/outgoing or idle status. I even made Icons that look great with Windows 7 feel free to hit me up if you want the icons I created for it. The software is available if you search for it. Doesn’t look like the original author is keeping his site up now.

  7. Len

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