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Get a quick view of network use in XP

New feature allows one-click access to network stats.

Ever wish that you could just get a one-click view of your network activity, utilization and so forth? Now you can, if you're using Windows XP. Windows XP's Task Manager has an upgrade that allows that to happen.

The upgrade to the Windows Task Manager adds a Networking tab to the task panes in this applet. The Networking tab shows you the current and short-term network use.

To view the Task Manager, press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keystroke and click on the networking tab.

On the Networking tab you'll see network performance as a function of the adapter(s) in your system. The view displays utilization percentage, the speed of the link, and the state of that particular connection.

Barrie Sosinsky is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.

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