Windows 10 comes with a native bandwidth monitoring tool called Bandwidth Manager. bandwidth Internet manager will tell you how much internet data is used by the software. However, Windows 10 does not have an internet speed tracker. Although you can track the internet speed in real-time through the task manager, you need to open the task manager every time you do so.
So, if you want to track internet speed and your active usage, you need to use an internet speed meter tool. There are many internet speed measuring tools available for Windows 10 that can be used to actively track internet speed.
With the internet speed meter tool, you can easily track the download and upload speed. Not only that but with these tools, you can also check internet bandwidth usage as well. So, in this article, we are going to share a working method to show internet speed meter on taskbar.
How to Show Internet Speed on Windows 10 Taskbar
To display internet speed on the Windows 10 Taskbar, we will use Net Speed Monitor. Actually this application is designed to run on Windows Vista, XP, and 7. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work on Windows 8 and above. For that, you have to run the installer in Compatibility mode. Do not worry. I will mention the steps in detail. Ok, let’s just go ahead and see how to display internet speed on the Taskbar in Windows 10.
Step 1: The first step is to download NetSpeedMonitor. I will provide the download link at the end of this article. You will get two download options: x86 and x64. The first is for 32-bit Windows systems and the second is for 64-bit. Click on the desired option and save the file on your computer.
PS: To find your Windows system type, open the “This PC” folder on your Windows computer and right-click, then Select Properties and tick under System type.
Step 2: Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the file. If you are running a Windows version below Windows 8, the installation will start normally. But if you are using Windows 10 there will likely be a warning that the operating system is not supported. Do not worry. we just need to tweak this software a little bit (see step 3).
Step 3: Right click on the file setup and go to Properties.
Step 4: Under Propertiesclick on the tab Compatibility. Here, check the box next to ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for.’ The dropdown will show the previous Windows Version. Press Ok to save changes.
Step 5: Now double click the setup file to start the installation and follow the on-screen instructions during the installation process.
Step 6: Once installed, you will not see the internet speed directly on your taskbar. You have to activate the program first. For that, right click anywhere on the taskbar and press options Toolbars. Then select NetSpeedMonitor.
As soon as you enable it, you will see the upload and download speed on the taskbar.
NetSpeedMonitor Not Working
If the meter is stuck at zero, right-click the meter and select Configure. In the NetSpeedMonitor window that opens, change the Network interface to a different interface and click Ok. Hopefully the meter will work now.
If it still doesn’t work, repeat the process with another interface until the meter counter works.
NetSpeedMonitor Tips and Tricks
Use the following tips to make the most of the tool.
Change Speed Unit
By default, the tool shows the speed in kilobits/second (Kbit/s), which might look a bit odd for normal use. To make it easy to read, change it to kilobytes/sec (KB/s) or Megabits/sec (Mbit/s) or any metric you prefer.
Interesting Facts: Internet and download speed are two different things. Internet speed is usually measured in Megabits / sec (Mbit / s) and download speed in Megabits / sec (MB / s).
To change the speed metric, right-click on NetSpeedMonitor in the taskbar and select Configuration. Select a speed unit from the dropdown box provided next to Bitrate.
View Data Usage
The NetSpeedMonitor tool not only shows the current internet speed but you can also use it to track your data usage. For that, right-click the NetSpeedMonitor meter on the taskbar and press Traffic Data.
Change Double click Action
By default, double-clicking the NetSpeedMonitor tool on the taskbar is used to enable and disable monitoring. However, you can customize it and use it for the actions of your choice. I’ve set it to open the traffic data window. To change it, go to Configuration and select the appropriate option, then double-click it.
If you like tinkering with fonts, Configuration> Layout. Here, you can change the font. Furthermore, you can also adjust the initials shown for upload and download speed in Layout.
Since this tool logs daily data usage, you can also export its database. To do so, go to Configuration> Database> Export Wizard.
Red thread: In short, NetSpeedMonitor can be of great help if you want to keep an eye on your Internet connection and see the current upload and download speed or view a list of incoming or outgoing connections to and from your Windows.
With the help of this software, we can keep an eye on the network speed and even the amount of data used. Hopefully this article is useful for you and thank you for visiting.