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Apple Mac Activity Monitor CPU Usage Display Gauge Not Showing — Big Sur macOS 11

On Apple computers, in the Applications folder, in Utilities, you will find the Activity Monitor software. This is a very useful tool for identifying if the computer is overworking on certain tasks. The CPU Usage feature found in Activity Monitor under the Window menu is supposed to display a CPU Usage gauge like the one shown below.

For some reason, on some computers, it does not show up consistently when selected. Below is a suggestion that seems to help resolve the issue for now.

Workaround and Short-Term Fix

A workaround for this problem seems to be the following:

  1. Start Activity Monitor.
  2. From the Window menu choose CPU Usage.
  3. Quit Activity Monitor.
  4. Start Activity Monitor again. This time the CPU Usage should show.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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