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Installing Gadgets

Once the gadgets dashboard launches, you can select gadgets to add to your desktop or install new gadgets by searching in the online Gadgets directory.

The online gadgets directory has a number of interesting desktop gadgets to select from.

Once you have found the gadget you wish to install select Download and then Install.

This will download a small file with a “.gadget” extension onto your computer.

Open this file to install the new gadget. You will be prompted to verify installation.

Once you have verified the installation, the new Gadget will appear in  your gadgets dashboard.

The new gadget will also appear on your Windows desktop.

Gadget Options

After the gadget has been installed and appears on your desktop, you can play around with a number of settings (below is the Now Playing gadget).

The first icon closes the gadget, but it does not delete the gadget.

The second icon allows you to increase/decrease the size of the gadget. This works differently for different Gadgets.

For example, when the Now Playing gadgets size is reduced, it looks like this:

The smaller version of the Calendar gadget looks like this:

The third option opens the settings panel for the gadget. Again each gadget has different settings that can be altered to tweak the settings of the gadget.

Finally, the last option allows you to move the gadget.

Different Gadgets

Google Calendar

The Google Calendar Gadget must be downloaded and installed.

This is a useful gadget that shows the upcoming appointments that you have added through your Google Calendar account. Of course this gadget only works if you actually have a Google account and have added items on your Google Calendar.

Amongst other useful features, the gadget flashes upcoming appointments, displays the colour of individual calendar and even allows you to add new events using the gadget.

Here you can input the information in the same format as you would in Google Calendar.

Now Playing

After you have download and installed the Now Playing gadget you will see a small gadget with icons for various music players.

Before the gadget launches you must select the music player that you intend the gadget to be associated with (I use MediaMonkey). The gadget should launch automatically showing the currently playing song.

The gadget also has a number of keys that can be toggled.

Audio Controls: Play/Pause, Previous track, Next track

Shuffle: Toggle the playlist shuffle options (on/off)

Lyrics: Displays the lyrics of the currently playing song (only works with Windows Media Player, Winamp and iTunes and requires the Lyrics Plugin)

Playlist: Displays all your playlists

Cover: Displays the track cover

Rating: Change the number of stars to set the rating for that track.


The default Calendar gadget is a fairly simple one that shows the current date and also has a browsable Calendar.

World Clock

The World Clock gadget is a simple clock gadget that displays times from different parts of the world, while also showing the weather in that region.

I usually add a few instances of this gadget to show the times from different regions around the world.

Sushi Drive Info

The Sushi Drive Info gadget provides a graphical view of how much drive space is free.

CPU Meter

This is a very stylish gadget that displays the amount of CPU and RAM being used.

The bigger dial on the left shows what percentage of your PC’s processing power is being used. Similarly, the smaller dial on the right shows the percentage of RAM being used.

Daemon Tools

The Daemon Tools gadget comes with the Daemon Tools application which must be downloaded and installed. Daemon Tools is a popular programme that allows you to make disc image files and emulate virtual CD/DVD drives.

The gadget simply makes this process easier by providing a drag-and-drop function to load CD/DVD images.

Which Windows gadgets do you use?

Abhiroop Basu

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