Windows Desktop Gadgets
Formerly known as the Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista, Windows Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7 allows you to add additional features to your Windows Desktop. For example, a Gadget could show your favorite stock quotes, today's weather, calculator, puzzles, random pictures, and much more. In the picture below, on the right-hand side, is an example of what the Windows Sidebar looks like in Windows Vista.
How do I disable the Windows Sidebar?
- Right-click in an empty portion of the Sidebar and click Properties.
- In the Windows Sidebar Properties window uncheck the Start Sidebar when Windows starts option and then click ok. The next time Windows starts the Sidebar will not be visible.
Tip: If you only want to close the Windows Sidebar and have it load the next time Windows starts, instead of clicking the Properties option click Close Sidebar.