Written by Barry Dysert (last updated September 5, 2016)
Desktop gadgets can add a little spice to your computing experience. They may even be practical. For example, I always run with an analog clock gadget and a daily calendar gadget on my monitor. Although you can move them, gadgets are typically docked at the upper-right side of the screen (a throwback to Vista's Sidebar) and pretty much stay out of the way.
If you find that you want to remove a gadget, the process is quite simple: Just right-click the gadget you want to remove and select the "Close Gadget" item from the Context menu. This doesn't delete the gadget; it simply removes it from the screen.
If you later decide that want your gadget back (or perhaps another one), right-click an empty area of the desktop and select the "Gadgets" item from the Context menu. You are presented with a collection of gadgets from which to choose. Double-click any of them to have them added to your screen.
This tip (11548) applies to Windows 7.
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