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Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

One of the interesting and convenient “chips” of the Windows 7 operating system is desktop gadgets. They are mini-applications that perform various functions – from displaying currency rates to reading RSS feeds. How to install and configure Windows 7 desktop gadgets?

Each gadget is a mini-program that displays various information on the desktop. There are purely informative gadgets – they inform the user about the operation of the computer (CPU load, network traffic, etc.), weather in different cities, traffic jams on the street, etc. And there are Windows 7 desktop gadgets that perform other functions besides information. These are various games, translators, applications for working with popular sites (Facebook, Twitter, Odnoklassniki, email websites and search engines, etc.), online radio and many others.

How to install a gadget? To do this, right-click anywhere on the desktop and select the item “Gadgets” in the context menu. A window with a collection of gadgets. Initially, their set is rather austere: Windows Media Center gadget, currency exchange rate, puzzle game, RSS reader gadget, CPU usage indicator, calendar, weather, clock and slideshow. If you click on the gadget once, and then click on the inscription “Show details”, a brief description of the gadget will appear. To install a gadget, double click on the selected gadget.

If you don’t have a standard set, you can download Windows 7 desktop gadgets. To do this, click on the “Find gadgets on the Internet” link at the bottom of the window with gadgets. Your browser will open a page with a set of gadgets on the official Microsoft Windows site – there is a larger range. Select the desired gadget and click on the “Download” link. A page with a description of the gadget. Click on the “Download” button and in the window select the “Open in …” option, then click on the OK button, then “Install”. The gadget will appear on your desktop.

In principle, Windows 7 desktop gadgets can be downloaded not only from the official site, but also from other sites. However, you do this at your own risk and are responsible for the consequences. To delete a downloaded gadget, open the gallery, right-click on it and select the “Delete” option.

Windows 7 desktop gadgets can be moved. To do this, simply drag it with the cursor while holding down the left mouse button. To configure the gadget, right click on it. In the context menu of each gadget there are such items:
Add a gadget. Opens a window with a collection of gadgets already familiar to you.
Move. The equivalent of moving with the mouse.
The size. You can usually choose between small and large size, not available for all gadgets.
Over the rest of the windows. Places the gadget on top of all open windows.
Opacity. You can choose the degree of opacity of the gadget – from 20 to 100%. If the opacity value is less than 100%, the gadget will be translucent in the inactive state, and opaque – when you hover the cursor on it.
Options. A set of gadget settings (for each – its own, for some gadgets options are not available).
Close the gadget. The gadget is removed from the desktop.
If you do not want the gadgets to be displayed at a given moment in time, right-click on the desktop and in the “View” menu, uncheck the “Show Desktop Gadgets” option. Gadgets will not be visible, but will not be removed from the desktop. To return them, just tick again.

When working with gadgets, it is worth considering a few nuances. First, Windows desktop gadgets designed only for 32-bit versions of the operating system will not work in 64-bit versions. Secondly, some gadgets (weather, currency rates, online radio, traffic jams, etc.) need to be connected to the Internet – without it, they will not show current information.

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