A Nice New Addition To Windows Vista is Vista Gadgets

It's time to have a more productive and fun desktop. With Vista gadgets, this is exactly what you get.

Gadgets are mini items that run on your desktop in Windows Vista. The possibilities are endless on what they can do. They can...

  • tell you the weather in your area
  • show you how hard your computer is working
  • give you real-time news headlines
  • play fun games
  • ...and so much more!

    They automatically come up in the Windows Sidebar when you boot up Windows Vista. If they don't, or you accidentally close it, it's simple to bring back up.

    Just go to Start and type in the search box Windows Sidebar and you can quickly open it back up.

    But what if you don't want a sidebar but you would like to have one or two gadgets stay on your desktop. Well that's easy too.

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    Just simply drag the gadget that you would like to stay from your sidebar to your desktop. Now whenever you close Windows Sidebar your gadget will remain on the screen.

    Speaking of which, here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to Windows Sidebar and gadgets...

    How do you get rid of the Windows Sidebar?

    close sidebar

    It's really easy. All you have to do is right-click in a free area in Windows Sidebar and choose Close Sidebar

    Where can I get more gadgets?

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    When you hit the + button at the top of the screen, a new window will pop-up giving you lots of options to choose from. If you don't see enough that you like, click on the Get more gadgets online link in the bottom right-hand corner.

    This will take you to the official Windows Vista Sidebar page where you can find all sorts of sidebars to choose from.

    Can I move the Sidebar?

    You can either move it to the left part of you screen or the right. Just right-click inside the Windows Sidebar and hit Properties.

    Here is the place where you can also choose whether or not the Sidebar will open by default when you start up Windows Vista.

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    My favorite of the Vista Gadgets is the news headlines. Provided you have an internet connection, it will report live news directly to your desktop.

    You can click on the headline and it gives a summary of the article. If you want more information, click the title and it will take you to wherever that article is feature.

    Pretty cool stuff!

    There are just so many possibilities with Vista Gadgets. And it's only going to get better and better once more people learn how to create them.



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