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Windows Vista included a Sidebar and Gadgets you could display on your desktop. If you've lost your Vista sidebar gadgets we'll get them back.
How do I restore Windows Sidebar to my computer? I use Vista.
Windows Vista sidebar gadgets appeared as a separate application only in Windows Vista. It annoyed many people (myself included), and was often turned off almost immediately.
What if you want it back?
Not a problem. It's actually quite easy to do. I'll look at that and how to manage the gadgets in it as well.
Start in Control Panel:
Double click on Windows Sidebar Properties and the answer to your question should be fairly clear:
Make sure that "Start Sidebar when Windows starts" is checked, and it'll reappear when you next start Windows.
If you'd like to start it immediately, click on the Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, Windows Sidebar and it'll start right up.
If the Windows Sidebar is running, you can see the list of running gadgets by clicking on "View list of running gadgets" in the Sidebar's control panel app:
Here you can remove any gadgets you don't like.
To add gadgets right click on the Windows Sidebar icon in the notification area:
Click on Add Gadgets... and you'll get the interface for doing just that:
From the online help:
What happened to Windows Sidebar?
Windows Sidebar isn't included in this version of Windows. Instead, you can display gadgets on your desktop.
Just right-click on an empty area on your desktop and click on Gadgets.
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