Want to see live update of resource usage statistics from system CPU, memory, disk, network or GPU? Windows 10 has some hidden built-in perfomance monitors that can help. You can even let Windows show FPS forever on top.
There are two ways to do this: You can use the Task Manager or the Xbox Game Bar discussion. Both tools have some easy-to-miss performance panels that can be broken out of the tool itself and will appear as a small, always-on-top floating overlay on top of your other running applications. We show both methods.
Activate the Task Manager results window
Windows 10’s Task Manager is full of performance statistics that were added all the way back in Windows 8. You can break these from the Task Manager window itself.
To find them, open the Task Manager by pressing Windows + Shift + Esc or right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting “Task Manager.”
Click Options> Always at the top if you want the overlay window to always appear on top of your other application windows.
Click the Performance tab at the top of the window. If you do not see it, first click on “More information” at the bottom.
Select the performance graphics you want to see in the sidebar. You see options for your computer’s CPUs, memory, storage devices (including SSDs, hard drives, and USB devices), network connections (wired Ethernet and Wi-Fi), and GPUs (graphics processors.)
To view a performance graph, double-click anywhere on a chart in the right pane. You can also right-click on a graph and select “Chart Overview.”
You can resize this smaller window and even click and drag anywhere in it to place it anywhere on your desktop.
To enlarge the Task Manager window again, just double-click inside it or right-click and deselect “Chart Overview.”
So if you want to change the chart to another – for example, to change from CPU to GPU usage statistics – double-click the graph window, select another graph in the sidebar and double-click the graph again.
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Attach gaming bar performance to your screen
Windows 10’s Game Bar is a built-in overlay with all kinds of useful tools for players (and non-players), including a graph of performance usage. This floating window is normally found in the Game Bar overlay. But you can “attach” it to the desktop and make it appear in all other windows – both desktop applications and PC games.
To find it, open the Xbox Game Bar overlay by pressing Windows + G.
If the game bar does not appear, go to Settings> Games> Xbox Game Bar. Make sure the playing field is activated and check the shortcut here. You may have disabled Game Bar or selected a custom keyboard shortcut to open it earlier.
Click the “Pin” button above the small Performance window.
It will now also appear when you close the Game Bar interface. Click anywhere in the overlay background or press Windows + G again to close the Xbox Game Bar overlay.
You can hover over the Performance window and click the arrow to enlarge the window (shows the chart) or shrink it (shows only the resource usage statistics next to the window.)
You can also click on an option to the left of the window – CPU, GPU, RAM or FPS – to display the chart. To get started viewing FPS statistics, click on the “FPS” option and follow the instructions in the window. It will tell you to click on a “Request Access” button and then restart your computer.
For further customization, open the Game Bar interface again by pressing Windows + G. Here you can drag the title bar of the window around to place it on the screen. You can only move the floating window from the Game Bar overlay.
You can also click the “Performance Options” settings button at the top of the Performance Window in the overlay for more settings. It is located to the left of the “Pin” button.
Here you can control the accent color (green by default), make the overlay have a transparent background, choose which measured values (CPU, GPU, RAM and FPS) are to be displayed and select which side of the window the graph is to be displayed on.
If you display the performance graph above a full-screen game, you may want to enable transparency for better integration into your game interface.
To hide the window, open the Game Bar interface again (Windows + G) and click the pin icon above the Performance window. It will be attached and will only be visible when you open the Game Bar interface.
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