How To Add Virtual LED Indicators To The Taskbar

with the Portable Freeware, addLEDs


In my humble opinion, each new version of Windows has been an improvement on the previous, however, there are still some features/aspects of older Windows operating systems that I miss, such as the old Internet connection icon, for example, which used to flash in time with network activity. Some software developers seem to recognize the demand and you’ll often come across applications which “bring back” these little pieces of nostalgia.

I recently came across a little portable freeware called addLEDs which is, somewhat unusually, not only useful, but also includes a bit of a “cool” factor. addLEDs, as the name suggests, adds a row of virtual LEDs into the Notification Area of the Taskbar which indicate network and hard drive activity, as well as the status of lock keys, such as Caps Lock.

addLEDs Download And Usage

The download consists of a mere 232 KB single executable which scans 100% clean locally through both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Zemana AntiMalware. Simply double-click the downloaded executable to run the software. addLEDs has no interface to speak of, all settings/options are accessed by right clicking on the program’s icons in the Notification Area:

From left to right: Network activity indicator, Disk activity indicator, Scroll Lock status, Caps Lock status, Num Lock status. There are a number of color schemes, or “Icon Profiles”, to choose from, I stuck with the default Red and Green. The Network and Disk icons will then flash green with activity and the lock key icons display Red for off and Green when on. Changes to lock key status will also produce a short audio warning:

The Network activity LED includes five levels of sensitivity to choose from, level 3 is enabled by default, level 1 appears to be the most sensitive with level 5 the least sensitive:


All 5 virtual LEDs are enabled by default but you can choose to display only those icons you need, or want, via options under “Show”. Simply remove the tick adjacent to any icons you don’t want to display.

addLEDs VERDICT

There’s not a lot more to addLEDs, I guess it’s one of those little applications you’ll either have a use for or not. I quite like it, especially the Network activity indicator, and I believe quite a few users might appreciate the Caps Lock status indicator. Most modern keyboards come with their own lock key LEDs built-in but there are still plenty which don’t. My wife’s keyboard doesn’t and I get frustrated at times when a password keeps getting rejected and I’m not sure if the Caps Lock is on or off– addLEDs is definitely going onto the wife’s machine.

LINKS:

addLEDs Home Page (including Direct Download link)


About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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