Geeks With Blogs

News

  
Bill Evjen's Blog Code, Life and Community

image

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.

image 

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

image

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:

image image image image image

  • 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 on Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:20 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Check out http://blueonionsoftware.com. The downloads page has a bunch of Vista gadgets. The Weather gadget is particularly good.
Left by Mike Ward on Aug 14, 2009 6:52 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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
Left by Joe on Aug 25, 2009 5:06 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
THANK U
Left by ANDREW on Oct 18, 2009 7:00 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Thanx 4 this page but my WIN7 havent gadgets can any 1 give me the software of the gadgets
thanx again
Left by abdullah ahmed on Oct 24, 2009 5:40 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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 .
Left by mohammed on Oct 24, 2009 8:46 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i'm trying it
Left by luis rosario on Oct 26, 2009 1:11 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Somehow Windows Desktop Gadgets don't properly work, or don't work at all, when the UAC is turned off
Left by Dibbes on Oct 30, 2009 8:34 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
I want to new window 7 gadgets
Left by isshark on Nov 06, 2009 11:09 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
hi windows 7 desktop gadgets in downlod free
Left by aftab on Nov 22, 2009 5:36 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
very very fine
Left by mohantc on Nov 22, 2009 7:03 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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?
Left by Deebee on Nov 27, 2009 1:01 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
There's some good ones at www.uniquewg.com. I like the music player.
Left by John Rambo on Dec 06, 2009 11:58 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
calendar gadget was working OK now it just displays the cover i.e. it does not open any suggestions
Left by jrwhart on Dec 10, 2009 8:25 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
On the Calendar Gadget - just press the middle button on the right (when hovering over it) to make it larger.
Left by Bill Evjen on Dec 11, 2009 12:35 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i need
Left by shiva on Dec 21, 2009 9:17 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
voglio il meteo
Left by Salvatore on Dec 23, 2009 7:38 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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
Left by rob on Jan 06, 2010 2:16 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
on my pc i have win7 but gadget not appear
Left by mohammed madadha on Jan 14, 2010 3:30 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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
Left by hadj on Jan 14, 2010 2:52 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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
Left by bryan on Jan 15, 2010 11:54 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
very nice gadgets
Left by Himanshu on Jan 17, 2010 5:46 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
this is very good
Left by Ranjan on Jan 20, 2010 1:32 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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?
Left by Lori on Jan 21, 2010 1:01 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Than' s banget !!!!!!
Left by HARTANTO on Jan 25, 2010 11:56 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Magarac ko čita!
Left by majmun on Feb 07, 2010 1:38 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Sure it will be usefull.
Left by Zuham on Feb 09, 2010 1:22 PM

# Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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
Left by Ruel B. on Feb 14, 2010 8:20 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i want it
Left by aysha on Feb 18, 2010 2:23 PM

# Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i realy necessary for this
Left by adeel jajja on Feb 19, 2010 5:45 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i would like to download gadgets
Left by Sukhwant Singh on Mar 19, 2010 5:58 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
here is it
Left by Marc on Mar 21, 2010 6:16 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
I had them on my desk and they disappeared
Left by Léonie POMERLEAU on Mar 21, 2010 6:45 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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
Left by @oliverzinhuh on Mar 22, 2010 8:53 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
ı want to have windows 7 desktop gadgets
Left by mustafa on Mar 31, 2010 2:52 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i want windows 7 desktop gadgets
Left by basheer on Apr 03, 2010 11:54 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
silverlight radio gadget will not install or work numerous attempts laptop is windows 7
Left by william west on Apr 04, 2010 12:38 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i need gadgets
Left by don tremblay on Apr 23, 2010 7:24 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
i would like gadgets on my wall paper
Left by don tremblay on Apr 23, 2010 9:50 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
This is very good
Left by Narasimha Kesav M V L on May 04, 2010 12:24 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
I WANT TO KNOW THE WEATHER EVERY MORNING, AT HOME
Left by ELEO VICTORIA on May 11, 2010 4:28 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
thank you............................................
Left by thitikorn on May 13, 2010 10:20 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
I like this...
Left by hartanto on May 15, 2010 12:42 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Wireless Network Meter
thanx for the gadget,u're the best
Left by josh on Jun 02, 2010 11:42 PM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
thx mais ya pas de nouveau gadget??????????????????????????????
Left by sinik on Jun 13, 2010 1:45 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
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.
Left by Deborah on Jul 13, 2010 1:55 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
Check out the love calculator
Left by Anna on Jul 24, 2010 5:28 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
thanks alot
Left by kost on Aug 29, 2010 12:43 AM

# re: Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets
Requesting Gravatar...
I Like it
Left by Rose on Jan 20, 2012 10:20 AM

Your comment:
 (will show your gravatar)


Copyright © Bill Evjen | Powered by: GeeksWithBlogs.net | Join free