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For Seniors: Add the CPU Monitor Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the CPU Meter gadget on your Windows desktop, you can track your laptop's performance. If your laptop is acting sluggish, the CPU Meter gadget can tell you if the CPU is working hard and if memory (RAM) is getting used to capacity.

A gadget, by the way, is a small applet that fills a specific function, such as telling you what time it is. You can arrange multiple gadgets on the desktop by repeating these steps.

1

Right-click the desktop and choose Gadgets.

The Gadget Gallery appears.

2

Click the CPU Monitor gadget and drag it to the desktop.

The CPU Monitor gadget appears on the desktop where you dropped it, displaying performance statistics. The CPU meter (on the left) monitors how hard your CPU is working to process various programs and processes running on your laptop. The Memory meter (on the right) monitors the percent of your laptop memory that is being used.

3

To display the CPU Monitor in a larger size, place your mouse over the gadget and click the Larger Size tool.

When you move your mouse over the gadget, a panel flies out; click the Larger Size tool on this panel. The CPU Monitor appears in a larger size.

To switch back to the smaller size, click the Smaller Size tool.

If memory is almost at 100%, consider freeing some space. If the CPU usage is at a higher percentage, odds are you’ve got lots of programs running — which could be slowing down your laptop’s performance; consider shutting some down!

If you want more detail about your laptop memory, use the Start menu to display the Control Panel and choose System and Security. The System links allow you to view the processor speed and the amount of RAM available.

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