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How to keep CPU Meter in Windows 10 System Tray.

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The Windows 10 System Tray is the right section of the Taskbar that houses your computer’s date, time, battery, volume, connectivity status icon and other system function that are frequently referenced to.

The CPU Meter on the other hand, is a utility found in the Performance tab of the Task Manager, which shows you how your CPU processing power, the Memory (RAM), Drives (HDD) and GPU is being used in real time.

These are useful information to keep track on, if you are interested in keeping your computer running for long without you needing to always visit the repair shop.

It (that is the CPU Meter) can also be called System Performance Status.

Making the CPU Meter icon Appear in the System Tray

To make the CPU Meter appear in the System Tray of your Windows 10 computer, you need to open the Task Manager tool. You can open this tool by:

Option 1

Right-click on the Taskbar and then click on Task Manager.

Opening Windows 10 Task Manager Tool (option 1)

Option 2

Search for Task Manager from the search option in the Windows 10 Taskbar, then click on the Task Manager App result.

Opening Windows 10 Task Manager Tool (option 2)

Once the Task Manager tool opens, the CPU Meter icon will appear in the System Tray.

Keeping the CPU Meter in the System Tray

The System Performance Status (CPU Meter) that appears in the System trays, disappears anytime you close the Task Manager tool.

So, to keep it in the System Tray, you need to leave the Task Manager tool opened.

Leaving the Task Manager utility opened also add an extra icon in the Taskbar. However, if you are only interested in the CPU Meter icon being in the System Tray, and not the Task Manager icon being in the Taskbar, then follow the guide below to hide the Task Manager icon from the Taskbar.

How to Hide the Task Manager icon from the Taskbar

After you have opened the Task Manager utility, click on Options in the menu bar and then tick the Hide when minimized option.

Screenshot illustrating the steps needed to hide the Task Manager icon from the Windows 10 Taskbar.

And that is all. When you minimize the Task Manager now, the CPU Meter will still be visible in the System Tray, but the Task Manager tool icon will not appear again in the Taskbar.

To bring back the Task Manager tool, follow the steps a above, or just double click on the CPU Meter icon in the System Tray.

Why Etch the CPU Meter in the System Tray?

Like I earlier mentioned, the information provided by the CPU Meter will assist you in your effort to keep your computer away from the repair shop. This is because it will provide you with real-time information about how your CPU processing power, the Memory (RAM), Drives (HDD) and GPU is being used.

With that information always at your disposal, you will know when your computer’s core component is being over used. Then you can adjust your usage, because prolonged over using of those components can lead to damage or reduction in your computer’s lifespan.  

Keeping the System Performance Status (CPU Meter) icon in the System Tray provide you with easy access to all those necessary information in real-time, without you needing to open any app or tool.

All you have to do is, hover you mouse on the CPU Meter icon in the System Tray and a tooltip containing all that information will appear.

Accessing the CPU Meter using Shortcut Keys

Many people has found that instead of having the Task Manager tool always running, so as to enable it icon show up in the system tray, it is resourcefulness using the Task Manager shortcut keys to open the tool and then switch to the Performance tab.

The shortcut key used for opening the Windows 10 Task Manager tool is

Ctrl + Shift + Esc


What do you think about using the Task Manager shortcut instead of sticking it to the System Tray?

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