Adding Gadgets on Microsoft Windows 7 Desktops

Something about Windows Gadgets

Windows Gadgets are small applications that are integrated with the operating systems nowadays and are helpful in providing users easy access to the information that they need. The concept of Gadgets was introduced with the release of Microsoft Windows Vista, and it is now carried forward to almost all Windows-based operating systems.

In Microsoft Windows Vista, the Gadgets were added by default on the desktop screens and they were placed in the Sidebars that were automatically initiated as default configurations of the operating systems. These default configurations and the Sidebars consumed a decent amount of processing and memory. The drawback while using Gadgets in Microsoft Windows Vista was that even if users wanted to add a single Gadget on their desktop screens, they were forced to enable the Sidebars in order to do so. This again occupied some space on the desktop screens and consumed extra processing and memory.

Windows Gadgets in Microsoft Windows 7

As mentioned above, Windows Gadgets are also available in Microsoft Windows 7 but the requirement of Sidebars has been completely eliminated. This means that in Windows 7 operating systems, if users want to add Gadgets on their desktop screens, they are not required to add Sidebars in order to do so. Gadgets in Microsoft Windows 7 can be added on the desktops independently, and they can be placed anywhere on the desktop screens. This further means that unlike Windows Vista, where the placement of Windows Gadgets was limited to the area of the Sidebars, Gadgets in Windows 7 operating systems can remain floating and can be dragged and placed anywhere on the desktop screens without hassles.

Although there are some Gadgets already added in Microsoft Windows 7 as default programs, if users want they can visit Microsoft’s official website to download new Gadgets online. Examples of some Windows 7 built-in Gadgets are CPU Meter, Weather, etc.

Adding Gadgets to Windows 7 Desktop

Since adding Gadgets on the desktop screens is a user specific configuration, no elevated privileges are required to perform the task. In order to add Gadgets on a Windows 7 desktop, users must follow the steps given below:

  1. Log on to Windows 7 computer.
  2. On the desktop screen right-click anywhere, and from the context menu click Gadgets.
  3. On the displayed box, click to select the desired Gadget from the available list, and drag the Gadget to the desktop.

    Windows 7 Gadgets

  4. Finally close the opened Gadget box.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.