Removing a Desktop Gadget

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.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...


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2016-09-05 12:06:13


Very infir, thanks

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