How to Customize Windows 7 Gadgets

by on November 3rd, 2009

Windows 7 comes with cool gadgets for your desktop. You can customize desktop gadgets by changing their settings, resizing them, keeping them on top of other windows, moving them anywhere on the desktop, and making other changes.

Video Demonstration
How to change a gadget’s options

Right-click the gadget that you want to change, and then click Options.

How to resize a gadget

Right-click the gadget that you want to resize, point to Size, and then click the size that you want the gadget to be.

How to always keep gadgets on top of your windows

Right-click a gadget, and then click Always on top. If you don’t want a gadget to appear on top of your open windows, right-click the gadget, and then click Always on top to clear the check mark.

How to move a gadget to a different location on the desktop

By default, gadgets “stick” to each other and to the edge of the screen. But you can change the order of gadgets and move them anywhere on the desktop.

Drag the gadget to a new position on the desktop.

How to place a gadget on a different monitor

If you have two or more monitors, you can place gadgets on both of them.

Drag a gadget to the monitor where you want to view it.

How to search for gadgets installed on your computer

Right-click the desktop, and then click Gadgets. In the search box, type the name of the gadget you want to find. As you type, the list of gadgets will narrow to the closest match. You can narrow your search further in the Desktop Gadget Gallery by clicking the arrow to the right of the search box, and then selecting one of the items in the list. For example, clicking Recently installed gadgets will narrow the search to gadgets installed in the past 30 days.

How to bring gadgets to the front by using a keyboard shortcut

Press the Windows Logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+G.

How to tab through gadgets by using a keyboard shortcut

Press the Windows Logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+G, and then continue pressing G to cycle through the gadgets.

How to restore a gadget

If you removed a gadget from the desktop and want to put it back, follow these steps:

Right-click the desktop, and then click Gadgets.
Browse to the gadget that you want to restore, right-click it, and then click Add.
To restore or move a gadget, you can also drag the gadget where you want it.

How to hide gadgets on the desktop

Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Show desktop gadgets to clear the check mark.

How to show gadgets on the desktop

Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Show desktop gadgets.

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