how to set net speed indicator in windows

how to set net speed indicator in windows

In Windows, Microsoft has introduced so many new features like widgets, Snap Layouts, Virtual desktops, and many more. We will discuss about how to set net speed indicator in windows. Even, so many taskbar customization options have been introduced. But still, the network speed monitor on Windows missing. In Android, you can enable network speed indicators easily from the settings app. But, in Windows, such an option is missing and much needed. Yes, doubtless, the task manager shows the download/upload speed of an active internet connection in send/receive data form and also many option to see real-time speed as like from the Control Panel, through the Command Prompt, with Chrome Extension, etc. But, you cannot pin it to the taskbar.

Well no worries, there are some free third-party apps and tools available. Which shows your Internet connection’s download and upload speed in real-time. This means you can constantly track active internet usage on your Windows PC/Laptop. Which will help you to track down connection issues in your network. Also, these net speed monitor apps will work on both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections.

There are so many Internet Speed Monitor Apps available for Windows 7, 8, 10 to use. So, feel free to choose an app that adds a network monitor to the taskbar, and comes with numerous customization settings.

how to set net speed indicator in windows

To view internet speed on the taskbar, you will have to download a software known as NetSpeedMonitor.

The app was primarily designed to run on Windows Vista, XP, and 7. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t work on Windows 8 and above. For that, you must run the installer in Compatibility mode. Please follow the detailed steps.

Step 1:

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

The first step involves downloading the tool. Open the below link and hit the Download Now option. You will get two download options: x86 and x64. The first one is for 32-bit Windows systems and the second one is for 64-bit. To check the system type follow the instruction first go to This pc > Expand the Ribbon by clicking (Ctrl+F1) > Select the computer option > Select the properties option, Now click on the desired option and save the file on your computer.

Step 2: Open the folder where you downloaded the file and follow the instruction. If you are running Windows version below Windows 8, installation should start normally. If you are using above from windows 8 like 10 or 11 then it will throw an error that the operating system isn’t supported.

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

Don’t worry about that. Follow the 3rd step.

Step 3: Right-click on the setup file and go to Properties.

Step 4:

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

Under Properties, click on the Compatibility tab. Here, check the box next to ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for.’ The dropdown should show ‘Previous version of Windows.’ Hit Ok to save the changes.

Step 5: You can now double-click the setup file to install the software normally on Windows 8, 8 pro, 10, 10 pro.

Step 6: Once installed, you will not see the internet speed directly on your taskbar. You’ll have to enable the program first.

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

For that, right-click anywhere on your taskbar and click the Toolbars option. Here select NetSpeedMonitor.

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

After select the NetSpeedMonitor, you will see the upload and download speed on the taskbar.

NetSpeedMonitor Doesn’t Work?

As it was with my case, NetSpeedMonitor will be stuck at zero and won’t display any speed, even if you’re connected to the internet. In that case, you can follow the easy fix below.

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

Step 1:  Right-click on the NetSpeedMonitor meter at the toolbar.

Step 2:

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

Select Configuration.

Step 3:

how to set net speed indicator in windows
how to set net speed indicator in windows

After the configuration window opens, click the network interface drop-down menu and select a different interface to see if the meter starts working.

Step 4: If it doesn’t, try selecting another interface. Also, make sure that monitoring is enabled.


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Use the following tips to make the best use of the tool.

Change Speed Unit

By default, NetSpeedMonitor shows speeds in kB/s (Kilobits per second). You can change it to KB/s or MB/s or the Bitrate of your choice through the given option. Also, you can turn on/ off the internet speed meter by double-clicking the same in the toolbar.

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 hit Data Traffic.

Customize Tool Font

If you like tinkering with fonts, the good-old app lets you customize the font style and size. For that, go to Configuration > Layout. Here, change the font.

Further, you can also customize the initials shown for upload and download speed in Layout.

So in this blog we are quick guide on how you can show internet upload and download speed in the taskbar on your Windows PC/Laptop. We’ve also mentioned a quick fix for NetSpeedMonitor not working issue and some NETSPEEDMONITOR tips and tricks. Do try it and let us know your experience in the comments below. Feel free to reach out in case of any related doubts or queries.

I hope after reading this blog, you will be able to know how to set net speed indicator in windows. if you have any still questions related to net speed indicator then you can ask your doubt in comment section or you can massage me on Instagram.

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