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One of the more visible changes of the Windows Vista operating system was the Windows Vista Sidebar which made it possible to put so called gadgets on the Windows Desktop.
Gadgets are small applications that can display all kinds of information such as RSS news feeds, contacts or system information.
It requires some manual work but it's easily done and works perfectly fine. It comes with the .gadget extension but it can easily be unpacked by most unpackers. The directory that will be created by unpacking the .gadget file, adding the .gadget extension to the root directory of it and moving it to the Shared Gadgets directory of the sidebar application.
One interesting feature is the ability to detach a gadget from the sidebar so that it can be moved freely around on the desktop.
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Each gadget can be added by right-clicking it and selecting Add from the context menu.
Even more interesting than this is the ability to download gadgets from the Windows Vista Gallery site over at Microsoft.
Many Windows Vista users like the Windows Sidebar, others feel that it is to restricted to one part of the screen.
Microsoft has already announced that they will change that behavior in Windows 7 so that users can place gadgets wherever they want on the desktop.It was only a matter of time until someone would port the Windows Vista Sidebar to Windows XP.