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From the author of Customization #7: Add Gadgets to the Desktop

Customization #7: Add Gadgets to the Desktop

In Windows 7, you can add functionality to your desktop via what Microsoft calls gadgets—small utility applications that perform a single simple function. For example, the Clock gadget displays the current time, the Weather gadget reports the current weather conditions and forecast for your area, and so on.

In Windows Vista, gadgets were displayed on a Sidebar that took up valuable screen real estate. Windows 7 does away with the Sidebar and lets you display gadgets directly on the Windows desktop—wherever you want.

To add a new gadget to your desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop; then select Gadgets from the pop-up menu.
  2. When the Gadgets window appears, as shown in Figure 5, double-click the gadget you want to add.

Figure 5 Adding new gadgets to the desktop

Although only a limited number of gadgets appear in the Gadgets window, many more gadgets can be found online. All you have to do is click Get More Gadgets Online from the Gadgets window; this opens your web browser and displays the Personalize Your PC page.

Click the Desktop Gadgets tab and then click the Get More Desktop Gadgets link. Click the Download button for any gadget you want to install.

After you add a gadget to the desktop, you can position it anywhere you want by clicking and dragging the gadget with your mouse. To remove a gadget from your desktop, hover over the gadget and then click the X.

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