If you are a Windows 10 user, you’ve probably used the Task Manager (or, at least, come across it) on a number of occasions. The Task Manager is an advanced tool on Windows 10. It lets you monitor applications, processes, and services that are running on your computer. You can also use the Task Manager to launch and stop programs and processes. Moreover, the utility gives you informative statistics on your PC’s general performance and the network.

The Task Manager uses floating performance panels, but it also features a system tray icon where you can see your computer’s CPU usage. You can find this information to be very useful. Naturally, you may want to learn how to permanently add the Task Manager to Windows 10’s system tray. If this is the case, you’re in the right place. In this article, we will look into how to work with the Task Manager and how to keep the CPU data in Windows 10 Tray.

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Having your PC’s CPU usage information always visible can be useful for a number of reasons. Mainly, it lets you see how “busy” your system currently is. This way, if you have noticed that your system is lagging, you can try “unloading” some of the processes you have running on your computer to make it run quicker. Plus, if you have few programs running but your CPU usage is always high, this may be a sign of a malware infecting your PC. In this case, it is a good idea to run a full virus scan on your computer with a program like Auslogics Anti-Malware. The software is designed to identify even the rarest malicious items, is fully compatible with Windows 10 and can run alongside other anti-virus programs.

In order to get to Task Manager’s CPU data, you first need to open the program itself. Here’s how to do it:

  • On your keyboard, press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combo.
  • Select Task Manager.

Next, you will need to locate the Tray Icon.

Typically, you will see the tiny CPU usage meter icon on your notification area (system tray), located to the left of the clock. The icon will show a meter representing your current CPU usage: the higher your current CPU usage is, the more the meter icon will fill up. If you want to see your memory, disk, and network usage, you will need to mouse-over the icon to get to the tooltip.

Just like with any other notification icons, you will be able to drag and drop the CPU usage icon if you want to shift it to the left or right in the line of icons on the taskbar.

However, what if you can’t see the Task Manager’s icon in the tray area on your taskbar? If this is the case, try clicking the arrow on the left side of the notification area. Then, drag the CPU usage icon to the notification area in your taskbar.

How to Remove the Task Manager from Your Taskbar

If you want to see the CPU usage icon all the time, you simply need to have Task Manager open — and you will see its application icon show up as a running program in your taskbar.

Now, what if you want to remove Task Manager’s notification icons from the taskbar? That can be easily done as well — you can simply hide the icon.

In order to hide the icon, do the following:

  • Go to the Task Manager window.
  • Click Options.
  • Select Hide When Minimized.
  • After this option has been checked, click the Minimize icon (you can find it in the top-right corner of the Task Manager window).

The Task Manager icon will then disappear from the running programs listed in your taskbar. However, you will still be able to see it in your System Tray. If you are still seeing the Task Manager in the list of the programs running on your PC in your taskbar, right-click the Taskbar shortcut and select Unpin.

In order to bring the icon back, double-click the CPU usage icon in your tray or simply launch the Task Manager again. To close the utility, right-click the tray icon and click Close. Alternatively, simply click the X button to close the program.

There you have it. We hope that you now have a better understanding of some of Task Manager’s useful features and know how to always show Windows CPU monitor graphics in Taskbar.


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