20 Handy Gadgets For Your Windows 7 Desktop


As you all know, Gadgets were introduced with Vista and are present in Windows 7 as well.  Gadgets are helpful to quickly view various information right on your desktop. By default, Windows 7 offers several handy gadgets like such as Currency, Feed headlines, Weather, and Calendar out of the box.

There are thousands of free gadgets available on thew web for the latest version of Windows, but most of them are not so good. So, it’s really a tedious job to find out good, useful gadgets for your Windows 7.


A couple of months back, we covered a few gadgets pack for Windows 7, including Glass gadget pack, and 10 awesome Aero glass gadgets. While most of the gadgets in these gadget packs are gorgeous, when you install the gadget pack, the installer installs all gadgets, including the no so great ones. So, if you’re bored with the default set of Windows 7 gadgets and looking for some useful gadgets, check out the following list some useful gadgets for your Windows 7 desktop.


UPDATE on April 19, 2013: Microsoft has removed all these gadgets from Windows Live Gallery page. So none of the below mentioned gadgets are available for download.

1. Q’s Drive Info:



2. Alarm Clock:

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3. iPhone Battery Meter:

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4. System Volume:




5. Network meter:

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6. Launch Control:

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7. Search Google , Bing, Yahoo:

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8.  Auto Shutdown:

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9. Talking Clock:

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10. Tweetz:

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11. Drive Buddy: Insert/eject your CD/DVD drive quickly.

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12. Adsensor:

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13. Language Translator:

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14. Outlook Info:

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15. Beaker CPU Meter:

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16. Toggle Hidden Files: Toggle between show/hide hidden files.

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17. Notebook Info:

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18. 9 skin battery meter:

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19. Wifi Monitor:

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20. Minimize: Use this to quickly minimize and restore windows.

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UPDATE: It turns out that Microsoft no longer supports desktop gadgets. In fact, it has dropped gadgets from Windows 8 operating system. At the same time, Microsoft has retired Windows Live Gallery page, the download source for all above mentioned gadgets.

Note: These are third-party gadgets. To install a gadget, download and then double-click on the gadget to see the gadget start working.

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Dylan Austin


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