The Performance Panel allows you to monitor your systems performance in real time simply by looking at your Desktop Sidebar. You can monitor the CPU, Hard Disk, Memory, Swap File, and Network Activity as well as the Most Active Program, Network Activity, and Disk Usage.
Follow these steps to setup your Performance Panel:
- Right mouse click on the Performance Panel and select Panel Properties.
- To add a monitor to the Panel click on the Add button and select the monitor you want to add.
- The CPU monitor shows a graph of the Percent of CPU Usage.
- The Disk Activity monitor shows a graph of the Percent of Disk Activity.
- The Memory Usage monitor shows a graph of the Percent of Memory Usage.
- The Swap File monitor shows a graph of the Percent of Swap File (Virtual Memory) Usage.
- The Most Active Applications shows which applications are have the most CPU and Disk Usage.
- The Network Activity Graph shows a graph of the Percent of Network Activity.
- There are extra properties for the Network Activity Graph graph:
- Select which Network Device to monitor from the Interface drop down list.
- Choose to display a graph of the amount sent, received, or the total of both.
- If you want to display the graph in a scale check the Scale box and enter the Max Transfer Speed.
- The Network Activity Monitor will display the current network transfer speed
- There are extra properties for the Network Activity monitor:
- Choose the Network Device you want to monitor from the Interface drop down list.
- Choose to display the speed of traffic that is sent, received, or the total of both.
- The Disk Usage shows the amount of space currently being used on the given drive
- There are extra properties for the Disk Usage monitor:
- Select the drive that you want to monitor from the Drive drop down list.
- To edit the extra properties of the Network Activity Graph, Network Activity Monitor, or Disk Usage Monitor click on the monitor that you want to edit (this should highlight the monitor) and click the Edit button.
- To change the order of the monitors in the Panel Click and Drag them within the Panel Properties window.