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Published on 01.06.07 by Brent Trahan

Animate the Windows Vista Local Area Connection Icon

Learn how to make the Local Area Connection icon (next to the time in the taskbar) show network traffic activity.


Windows Vistas local area connection icon doesn’t animate to show you traffic on that network connection like previous versions of Windows does by default.  The default local area connection icon only shows you if you have internet connectivity or not.

Make Vistas Local Area Connection Icon Show Network Traffic

Right-click the local area connection icon and select Turn on activity animation.

That’s it!

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6 Responses to “Animate the Windows Vista Local Area Connection Icon”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    YES bt we want to know how to change that icon you don’t get a clear view

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    Change the icon to what?

  3. Asad says:

    why the icon animation of the Internet (in the task bar) doesn’t reflect the real traffic activity ?
    when i right clicked on the icon, i select “turn on activity animation” , it started to animate but it doesn’t reflect the real internet traffic .
    thats an important issue for me, because sometimes i don’t know whether the internet is down or not unless i see this icon .
    is there a solution ?

  4. Brent Trahan says:

    Try finding a sidebar gadget that monitors your internet traffic if you want more detailed network stats.

    Here is an example:


  5. vijay says:

    vista network settings & network management settings,
    how connect to wireless conection with another computer?

  6. Nickalas says:

    I’m running vista os, Change the Animated Windows Vista Local Area Connection Icon, can it be changed to the bar scale if so can you help.

    Thank you.

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