Windows 7, much like Windows Vista allows you to add desktop gadgets to your PC. However unlike Vista, the gadgets are free floating tools that can be moved to any location on the desktop. You can find the gadgets in the Windows Gadget Gallery. Since I work for clients in different time zones, I have additional clocks on my desktop to help me keep track of the various time zones I work in. Similarly, these desktop gadgets are sure to add value to your work.
How to Access the Windows Gadget Gallery
Click the Start menu and in the Start Menu Search box type gad and press Enter.
Right-click the desktop and choose Gadgets. If a gadget is displayed on the desktop, right-click the gadget and choose Add gadgets.
How to Add a Desktop Gadget
In the Windows Gadget Gallery double-click the gadget. OR From the Windows Gadget Gallery drag and drop a gadget onto the desktop.
Gadgets Available by Default in the Windows Gadget Gallery
More Desktop Gadgets
If you want to add additional desktop gadgets to the gallery, here’s what you need to do.
1. In the Windows Gadget Gallery, click the Get more gadgets online link.
2. You are taken to the Windows Live Gallery window. Click the Get now link to view additional details about the gadget and download it to the Windows Gadget Gallery.
Some of the popular gadgets include TwitReviews, Fb Explorer, Twitter, Language Translator, and WeatherBug. Most of the gadgets have been designed for Windows Vista and may not be optimized if installed on Windows 7. Only gadgets that use high DPI work on computers running Windows 7.
Desktop Gadgets are not just fun elements, but also provide some useful functional experiences. Adding them to your desktop may be just what you need to make your workspace livelier.