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Configure network icon animation in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to enable or disable the animation of the Network icon in the notification area. If enabled, the animation displays network activity. By default, the animation is not displayed.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

  1. Right-click the network icon in the notification area (Network Icon).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the animation is currently disabled, click Turn on activity animation.

    • If the animation is currently enabled, click Turn off activity animation.

  • If you enable the animation, whenever network traffic occurs, the icon changes to show the monitor screens illuminated. This animation is not indicative of the amount of traffic, or the direction in which it is flowing. It only indicates that some network traffic is detected.

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