TrayStatus is a simple tool which can display the status of various PC keys, as well as a hard drive activity indicator, in your system tray.
If you've used a notebook without a Num Lock or Caps Lock indicator light then you'll know how annoying this can be. You don't have to live with the issue, however: just install TrayStatus and it'll add appropriate system tray icons for you, highlighting these whenever Num Lock or Caps Lock are active.
And that's not all. The program can also display the status of your Scroll Lock, Alt, Ctrl, Shift and Windows keys (these are all optional, though - you get to choose what you'd like to see). And there's an even a hard drive activity indicator, which flashes when the drive is busy, and displays the current read and write speeds in a tooltip.
TrayStatus does have one or two minor issues. It grabs a little more RAM than we'd like, for instance, around 9MB (not much in the scheme of things, but it could be less). And it uses separate icons for each status, which while making things very clear, can also leave you with a packed system tray, and so less space on the rest of your taskbar. Still, if you only want to monitor a couple of items this won't be a problem, so try TrayStatus for yourself and see what you think.
What's new in 3.0?
- New Status Indicator: Kana Lock
- New Status Indicator: CPU Usage (Pro only)
- New Status Indicator: Memory Usage (Pro only)
- New Status Indicator: Audio Playback Status (Pro only)
- You can now create custom status indicators based on Windows Performance Counters (Pro only)
- You can now use different icon themes, or create your own
- Option to show separate activity icons for each hard drive (Pro only)
- Option to play a sound when a key is toggled on/off (Pro only)
- Option to only show key status indicators (like Num Lock) when they're toggled on (Pro only)
- Double-click a key status indicator (like Num Lock) to toggle that key
TrayStatus is definitely a versatile keyboard monitoring tool, although whether it's really a good idea to fill your system tray with status icons is another question