Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

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One of the features that has been available since the Vista days and is also contained in the Windows 7 release is Microsoft’s Desktop Gadgets. Gadgets have become quite the popular set of little tools that lots of people like to completely litter their desktops with. You can think of them as mini-applications that run on your desktop for common tasks that you perform or common pieces of information that you need. Microsoft is in no way the first to the scene with this nor the most popular. Though that might change as it is now easier than before to build gadgets and it is a little more in the end user’s face in using them in the world’s most popular OS. Windows 7 makes it very easy to add some Microsoft Desktop Gadgets to your desktop.

To add some of the already installed Microsoft Desktop Gadgets, you simple right-click on the desktop and you will find the option Gadgets in the provided menu. This will bring up a dialog of your installed gadgets. An example of this dialog is shown above. There are some default gadgets you can add right away without doing much searching. One that I always add from this default collection is the Calendar gadget. This is a simple gadget and doesn’t have much in the way of settings.

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You can easily hover over the gadget and you will see a few control buttons that you can work with.

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The Calendar gadget has the following buttons that are the three shown on the top. Other gadgets might also have the wrench that allows for more custom options. Here are some of the gadgets I like:

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  • Digital Dutch Clock – Yeah, there is a default clock that is provided with the default install of Windows Vista or 7, but the Dutch Clock is better. It provides an additional digital time (with seconds) in the lower part of the face, as well as the day of the week and the date. It also allows you to name the clock – so you have multiple clocks on your desktop and you can name them for different cities or time zones. Like the default clock, there are multiple styles that you can use (the same ones).
  • Weatherbug – I am a total weather nut.  This is a good weather control. Clicking on the arrows will also show a three day forecast in the control as well as a web cam from the area.
  • GMail Counter – If you have Gmail. Then this is a decent control and has a large list of custom sounds it can notify you with also when you get new mail.
  • All CPU Meter – This works with eight, quad, triple, and dual core machines. I am running a quad core machine and you can see the representation in the image above. I like this control a lot.
  • Wireless Network Meter – Like the All CPU Meter, but for the wireless world. I put this on my laptop. Show you the SSID, signal quality, IP address, external IP address, upload speed, download speed, and more. Not bad.
  • Facebook Explorer – I want to see my facebook notifications without having to go to the site all the time, so I have been trying this control. Not the greatest, but I haven’t found anything better yet.
  • Full Moon – I like this cause I’m a geek. It is cool to see how full the moon is on your computer desktop!

That’s all I really have. Let me know which ones you like in the comments. I’ll give them a try. Well that is the consumer end. You, as a developer can also build your own. Check out these resources:

posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:20 PM
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# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Mike Ward at 8/14/2009 6:52 AM
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Check out http://blueonionsoftware.com. The downloads page has a bunch of Vista gadgets. The Weather gadget is particularly good.

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Left by Joe at 8/25/2009 5:06 PM
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Here's another good one to add to the collection, it's a google search gadget: http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=72832e04-a2d2-4ad5-a4b0-62ea0172df0c&bt=1&pl=1

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Left by ANDREW at 10/18/2009 7:00 PM
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THANK U

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Left by abdullah ahmed at 10/24/2009 5:40 AM
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Thanx 4 this page but my WIN7 havent gadgets can any 1 give me the software of the gadgets
thanx again

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by mohammed at 10/24/2009 8:46 PM
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hello
can you help me about this program .
when i open it by right click on the desktop it dosn't work it will take a long time and not responding . i need to reinstall it or fixed it by register .

thank you .

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by luis rosario at 10/26/2009 1:11 AM
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i'm trying it

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Dibbes at 10/30/2009 8:34 AM
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Somehow Windows Desktop Gadgets don't properly work, or don't work at all, when the UAC is turned off

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Left by isshark at 11/6/2009 11:09 PM
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I want to new window 7 gadgets

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Left by aftab at 11/22/2009 5:36 AM
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hi windows 7 desktop gadgets in downlod free

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Left by mohantc at 11/22/2009 7:03 PM
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very very fine

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Deebee at 11/27/2009 1:01 AM
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My new computer came installed with desktop gadgets. I had the clock working but it has now disappeared and the Desktop Gadget link (in the programme list)is dead. I have tried right clicking on desktop to restore, but once again nothing happens.How do I re install?

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by John Rambo at 12/6/2009 11:58 PM
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There's some good ones at www.uniquewg.com. I like the music player.

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Left by jrwhart at 12/10/2009 8:25 PM
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calendar gadget was working OK now it just displays the cover i.e. it does not open any suggestions

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Bill Evjen at 12/11/2009 12:35 AM
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On the Calendar Gadget - just press the middle button on the right (when hovering over it) to make it larger.

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by shiva at 12/21/2009 9:17 PM
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i need

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Left by Salvatore at 12/23/2009 7:38 AM
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voglio il meteo

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by rob at 1/6/2010 2:16 AM
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bought a computer with windows7, looked at desktop gadgets, clicked on 'get more gadgets online' but it says most of the gadgets do not work with windows7. how do i find out which gadgets are compatable with win7. without having to dowload and try each one. looked at around 150 different gadgets but they say that they are either win xp or win vista. thanx

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Left by mohammed madadha at 1/14/2010 3:30 AM
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on my pc i have win7 but gadget not appear

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Left by hadj at 1/14/2010 2:52 PM
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WeatherCenter. Сurrent weather and forecast anywhere in the world. The first gadget automatically updates data provided by five sources: The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, Weather Underground, MSN and TheWeatherNetwork.

http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=38846aa8-5030-48e7-ae01-2f0fb22c5d11&bt=1&pl=1

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by bryan at 1/15/2010 11:54 PM
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here i found the best google gadget for the sidebar

http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=62a73bc7-1bf9-4d6a-a46f-faa1f38226b8&bt=1&pl=1

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Left by Himanshu at 1/17/2010 5:46 PM
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very nice gadgets

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Left by Ranjan at 1/20/2010 1:32 PM
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this is very good

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Lori at 1/21/2010 1:01 PM
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I use the weather gadget. I tried to get another gadget by clicking on "get more gadgets online" but when I chose one of the gadgets I couldn't open it because of the "gg" extension. Any ideas on what I should do?

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Left by HARTANTO at 1/25/2010 11:56 PM
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Than' s banget !!!!!!

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Left by majmun at 2/7/2010 1:38 AM
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Magarac ko čita!

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Left by Zuham at 2/9/2010 1:22 PM
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Sure it will be usefull.

# Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Ruel B. at 2/14/2010 8:20 PM
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The default Weather Gadget has a bug and would cause your gadgets to crash. Do not use the default Weather Gadget and if possible uninstall it. For more tips visit www.sevenforums.com

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Left by aysha at 2/18/2010 2:23 PM
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i want it

#  Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by adeel jajja at 2/19/2010 5:45 AM
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i realy necessary for this

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Left by Sukhwant Singh at 3/19/2010 5:58 PM
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i would like to download gadgets

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Left by Marc at 3/21/2010 6:16 AM
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here is it

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Left by Léonie POMERLEAU at 3/21/2010 6:45 AM
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I had them on my desk and they disappeared

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by @oliverzinhuh at 3/22/2010 8:53 AM
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I wonder if somewhere there is a gadget to measure the temperature of the Video Card Ati Radeon. I know there is one for the Nvidia cards, which is the Nvidia GPU Temperature, very good by the way, use this as it has not bought my new board from ATI Radeon ... but would such a gadget for ATI, since soon I will buy one.
If you find someone, let me know, please
thank you in advance for all who can help me: D

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by mustafa at 3/31/2010 2:52 AM
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ı want to have windows 7 desktop gadgets

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Left by basheer at 4/3/2010 11:54 PM
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i want windows 7 desktop gadgets

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Left by william west at 4/4/2010 12:38 AM
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silverlight radio gadget will not install or work numerous attempts laptop is windows 7

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Left by don tremblay at 4/23/2010 7:24 AM
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i need gadgets

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Left by don tremblay at 4/23/2010 9:50 AM
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i would like gadgets on my wall paper

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Left by Narasimha Kesav M V L at 5/4/2010 12:24 AM
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This is very good

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Left by ELEO VICTORIA at 5/11/2010 4:28 AM
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I WANT TO KNOW THE WEATHER EVERY MORNING, AT HOME

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Left by thitikorn at 5/13/2010 10:20 PM
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thank you............................................

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Left by hartanto at 5/15/2010 12:42 PM
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I like this...

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by josh at 6/2/2010 11:42 PM
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Wireless Network Meter
thanx for the gadget,u're the best

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by sinik at 6/13/2010 1:45 AM
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thx mais ya pas de nouveau gadget??????????????????????????????

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Deborah at 7/13/2010 1:55 AM
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Windows is stupid, stupid, stupid. The gadgets do not automatically install and how to get past when windows f--ks up is a nightmare. I never had problems installing stuff with the older versions of windows. This is not progress.

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Left by Anna at 7/24/2010 5:28 AM
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Check out the love calculator

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Left by kost at 8/29/2010 12:43 AM
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thanks alot

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Left by Rose at 1/20/2012 10:20 AM
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I Like it

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