Removing a Desktop Gadget

by Barry Dysert
(last updated September 5, 2016)

1

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." ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Working with Compressed Files and Folders via Zip

Windows 10 provides multiple ways to work with compressed files and folders. One great way is to use the Zip utility, ...

Discover More

Using Notepad

The Notepad editor is about as old as Windows itself, yet it still has its uses even today. Here are some ideas on how to ...

Discover More

Using the Snipping Tool

Being able to capture portions of the screen can come in handy for a wide variety of reasons. The Windows snipping tool ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Understanding Desktop Widgets

Widgets are small, lightweight applications that continually run on your desktop to provide information. You can add, ...

Discover More

Finding New Desktop Widgets

Although there are several widgets that come with Windows, a lot more are available if you're willing to do a little Web ...

Discover More

Adding and Removing Desktop Widgets

You can add and remove widgets on a whim. Both operations are just a couple of mouse clicks away. Removing a widget from ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine minus 6?

2016-09-05 12:06:13

Bhagubhai

Very infir, thanks


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.