How to Use the Task Manager as a Desktop Gadget in Windows 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.