How to Add and Remove Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7
By Stephen Bucaro
Gadgets are little applications that you can place on your PC desktop. Some of them are
gadgets that get information from your Internet connection, like stock quotes, news
headlines, or whether information. Other gadgets get information from your computer,
like the time, CPU utilization, or memory utilization. Many are just games.
Some gadgets cost money, but most are free. Windows 7 comes with a small collection of
gadgets, but there are thousands more gadgets online at Microsoft's website. To add
a gadgets to your Windows 7 desktop:
1. Right-click in empty area of the desktop and, in the popup menu that appears, select "Gadgets".
2. In the dialog box that appears, you can see various gadgets; Calendar, Clock,
CPU Meter, Currency Converter, Feed Headlines, etc. Select a Gadget and drag it to
your desktop. For this example, select the Feed Headlines Gadget.
3. Some gadgets, like the Feed Headlines gadget can be configured. To configure the
Feed Headlines gadget, move your mouse pointer over the gadget. A tiny menu appears
to the upper-right of the gadget. In the menu, click on the wrench icon to open the
gadget's settings dialog box. In this case you can select a feed to display.
unfortunately you can't enter your own feed, you have to select one from the list.
The list of feed items automatically scrolls. If you click on one of the feeds, a
little window with a link appears next to the gadget. click on the link and you will
be taken to the article related to the link.
4. To remove a gadget from the desktop, move your mouse pointer over the gadget to
open the menu, then click on small "x" at the top of the menu.
If the small collection of gadgets that Windows 7 comes with are not enough, open the
Gadgets dialog box and click on the "Get more gadgets online" link in the lower-right
corner of the dialog box. There are thousands more gadgets you can download from
Microsoft's website. why not try the "Daily Dilbert" gadget?
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