Taskbar Meters and SuperbarMonitor: 2 Awesome Free Tools to Show System Resource Usage in Windows 7 Taskbar

Windows 7 comes with new Superbar which is a highly enhanced version of classic Taskbar. One of the most impressive feature of this new Superbar is the ability of showing progressbar in program's Taskbar button.

Today we are going to share 2 excellent, absolutely free and portable tools for Windows 7 which utilize this ability of Superbar in showing system resource usage so that you can monitor them easily and quickly.

  • Taskbar Meters
  • SuperbarMonitor

Taskbar Meters

Taskbar Meters is a set of 3 executable files which show following information in Windows 7 Superbar:

  • CPU usage
  • RAM usage
  • Disk IO


You can also access Task Manager and Resource Monitor applications using the jumplist.

It allows you to customize the update frequency and other settings.

You can download it using following link:

Download Link


SuperbarMonitor is similar to Taskbar Meters. Its a set of 5 executable files which show following information in Windows 7 Superbar:

  • CPU usage
  • RAM usage
  • Disk IO
  • Battery life
  • Volume


It allows you to set the update interval, overlay icon and a few other settings.

You can download it using following link:

Download Link

Thanks to our reader "NZero" for sharing...

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  • For "Taskbar Meters" each of the .exe files takes ~10 MB of memory. Three files combinedly consume ~30 MB of memory. That is too much for the functionality they provide.

  • I really dont understand the point of this.

  • They consume more memory than functionality

  • That's a great tool.
    It would be great if there would be one exe for everything but that's ok.

    @Mushaf: 30MB are not much in a world of multiple Gigabyte's of RAM.
    I love, that this tools don't have any considerable cpu-usage.
    Look at the usage of the Windows-sidebar and say me again, that this tools are performance-hungry.

  • It occupies space, lots of it since I have a low resolution monitor.

  • @VG
    This is another one I use it: anonymous-thing.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3b6bzt
    Hope you like it.

  • Taskbar Meters:
    Anyone running a pitiful low-mem and/or low-res PC should not be running a version of windows that would benefit from this anyway. Since I won't build a system with less than 4-8GB of RAM anymore, I am more concerned about CPU utilitization and disk i/o than memory usage.
    These do well, but I would SURE like to see one that shows network utilization!

    To be honest, Battery Life and Volume are a waste of programming since they are already BUILT-IN to windows' systray. The others are great, but again, I would really like to see something that displayed network activity.

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  • Besides these, there are also the NetSpeedMonitor, which shows the rates of upload and download on the Windows taskbar.

    I use for some time and find it useful. Download, screenshot and more info: floriangilles.com/software/netspeedmonitor/

  • @VG
    Can I using my computer (C drive) while it is defragmenting H drive? Is it able to effect and/or damage the H drive if I do that?

    I'm not playing games/music/videos, just surfing the internet (not online games).
    I'm not cut/copy/paste/open/rename... files/folders on the H drive.

    Is it okay?

    Thanks in advance.

    @Nunja Business
    I'm sorry for asking but your system taskbar display the percentages (0-100) of the Volume level and/or Battery level directly (without any help from application)?

    I know it can while mouse-hover, but the SuperbarMonitor.Volume and SuperbarMonitor.Battery will be more easier and faster than:
    - moving your mouse to the taskbar and wait for it (some user needs the auto-hide taskbar to show up).
    - focus/target on taskbar and use TAB/Shift+TAB to target the particular icon on taskbar (to show the status).

    Just keep in mind that all (okay, most) programs built/create/develop for purpose(s) at that time (date built/make).

    I am willing to say SORRY if I was wrong. Thanks for reading.

  • VG

    ^^ You can carry one using programs, etc. It'll not affect the defragmentation.

  • Do people really use this stuff? I see all these desktop screenshots on sites like 4chan and deviant art filled, and I mean FILLED, with things to monitor CPU temp, memory usage, cpu usage, disk stuff, network stuff. But is all of that really necessary to anyone? If so, how?

  • I found just the Volume thing useful, but i still prefer my "NIRSOFT COMBO": I use Volumouse ( nirsoft.net/utils/volumouse.html ) for change the volume and a NirCmd Mute Shortcut ( nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html ) pinned on Win 7 Superbar.

  • This is out of topic question but you have any idea which font/size Windows 7 Aero theme uses on taskbar clock/date?

  • Don't worry, I think it's Segoe UI size 9.

  • Is it possible to use this to monitor Mictophone Input Audio Levels in the taskbar?

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