Article ID : S500011324 / Last Modified : 11/04/2018

How to add or remove gadgets in Windows Vista?

Add remove or restore gafgets in Windows sidebar or gadgets list.

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Windows sidebar shows the frequently used software or RSS Feed Headlines on one side of the Desktop.
Software or information displayed in Windows Sidebar is called gadget, whose icon can be easily added or removed.


■ How to add gadgets in Windows Sidebar
■ How to remove gadgets in Windows Sidebar
■ How to remove gadgets in gadgets list
■ How to restore gadgets which have been removed





How to add gadgets in Windows Sidebar


  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.



  2. Click the Appearance and Personalization icon.



  3. Click Add gadgets to Sidebar in Windows Sidebar Properties.



  4. Double-click the gadget user wants to add.

    In this instance, Calendar is used as an example.



  5.  Calendar is now added to the Windows Sidebar.



Remark
Right-click a blank area in Windows Sidebar, and then select Add Gadgets in the shortcut menu to add gadgets.





How to remove gadgets in Windows Sidebar


  1. Right-click the gadget to be removed from the Windows Sidebar, and then click Close Gadget in shortcut menu.



  2. Calendar in removed from the Windows Sidebar.



Remark
The above solution can only remove gadgets in Windows Sidebar, but it cannot remove gadgets in gadgets list.
To remove gadgets totally in gadgets list, please refer to ■ How to remove gadgets in gadgets list.





How to remove gadgets in gadgets list
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.


  2. Click the Appearance and Personalization icon.


  3. Click Add gadgets to Sidebar in Windows Sidebar Properties.


  4. Right-click the gadget to remove, and then click Uninstall.


  5. Click Uninstall in the dialogue box that appears.






How to restore gadgets which have been removed

The gadgets which have been removed can be restored with the steps below.
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.


  2. Click the Appearance and Personalization icon.


  3. Click the Windows Sidebar Properties icon.

  4. Click Restore gadgets installed with Windows in the Maintenance bar.

    If there not any gadgets have been removed before, the key is greyed out and cannot be clicked.


  5. Open gadgets list to confirm whether the gadgets have been restored.