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The Windows Vista Sidebar contains small applications that many find handy any, and others just annoying. Turning Windows Vista's Sidebar off is easy.
How do I totally remove the Sidebar (gadgets) from Windows Vista?
My first reaction to this question was "Ah, so I'm not alone."
I've never quite gotten the Windows sidebar. Or the equivalent on the Mac for that matter. Yes they contain cute little gadgets, widgets, or what have you, none of which I ever use, and none that I would want to give up precious screen real estate for.
Fortunately turning it off is pretty easy.
With the sidebar running, you'll see an icon in the notification area of your Windows task bar:
Right click on that, select Exit, and you'll get this confirmation message:
Make sure that Start Sidebar when Windows starts is unchecked. Click Exit Sidebar.
That should do it. The sidebar should be off and it should stay off.
I'm not aware of any way to physically remove the sidebar code from your installation of Windows. But aside from taking up a little extra disk space, simply turning it off and keeping it off should have nearly the same result.
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