In Windows 11, Microsoft has made several major UX changes. Now we get options to customize the taskbar and start menu. By default, Windows 11 taskbar alignment is set to center. Because of it, the left side of the Windows taskbar area remains empty, and of no use. But, now you can now use taskbar empty space by adding performance stats to it. Yes, you can add performance stats in Windows 11 Taskbar without even installing any third-party software. Also, now you can add CPU and GPU Temperature on Taskbar and Desktop.
Xbox Game Bar Performance Stats Widget.
Windows 11 officially comes with an Xbox Game Bar tool. It allows to record screens, broadcast gameplay online, take screenshots, and helps to quickly access the Xbox app. Moreover, it comes with widgets support. And, comes with a performance stats widget. That shows you active usage of CPU, GPU, VRAM, RAM, and even shows FPS.
This is quite helpful if you do some graphics-intensive tasks. Yes, the task manager’s performance tab also shows all this information. But, you cannot pin that information in the taskbar. But, you can pin Xbox Game Bar widgets. Yes, you can even install some third-party widgets in Xbox Game Bar. But, since it comes with inbuilt Performance Stats widgets, so we don’t need to.
Ok, so without a further delay, here are the steps which you can follow to get performance stats in Windows 11 Taskbar.
Add Performance Stats in Taskbar using Xbox Game Bar.
First, use Windows search, to make sure that Xbox Game Bar is installed on your PC. If Xbox Game Bar is not installed, then use the following Microsoft Store link to install it in your system.
Press Windows + I key to open Windows 11 Settings App. And, Click on the Gaming option from the left side of the Settings App
Click on Xbox Game Bar.
Now, do enable the “Open Xbox Game Bar using this button on the controller” option.
Once enabled, you can access Xbox Game Bar using a shortcut. Press the Windows logo key + G key on your keyboard to activate the game bar. Once Xbox Game Bar gets activated, you will now see the performance widget, in the bottom left corner.
If, the Performance Widget doesn’t appear at first glance. Then, you can click on the “Performance” icon to make it visible.
Now, in the Performance widget, do click on the “Performance Options” icon. (Settings option of the widget.)
Once the Performance Options window appears, do select the bottom option in graph position.
After that, do enable the checkbox for the “Override default transparency” option. Now, drag the slider to 100% to customize backplate transparency.
You can now also choose an accent color, but keep it default. Because we are going to add this performance widget in the taskbar.
Finally, you can choose the metrics you want to show in the performance widget. Personally, I have enabled all options.
Ok, now you have configured the widget successfully. So you can close the Performance Options window. After that, hover the mouse pointer in the bottom right corner of the Performance widget. You will now see a down arrow (Collapse Chart) icon, click on it.
Now, drag and drop the widget to your taskbar empty space. Since my taskbar icons are in the center. So, I have moved this widget to the left side.
Once, you set the position of Performance Widget in Windows 11. Click on the Pin Icon.
Now click anywhere on the screen to close Xbox Game Bar.
That’s it, now only performance stats will appear in your taskbar, and the rest widgets and information will be hidden. Ok, so that’s how you can add performance Stats on Windows 11 Taskbar.