Home > Free Vista Stuff > Download free gadgets for your Windows Vista gadget sidebar

Download free gadgets for your Windows Vista gadget sidebar

by mitz on November 19, 2008 in Free Vista Stuff

Windows Vista has a sidebar that can be enabled that holds cool gadgets to help you through the day. It could be a notepad to write notes, a clock, the local weather, and so much more. If you haven’t enabled the Windows Vista sidebar and added gadgets to it, seriously, you should give it a go.
How to enable the Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets:

  1. Got to the start menu at the bottom left corner and choose control panel
  2. Then double click on the Windows Sidebar Properties icon.
  3. The box below will appear.
  4. Tick the box Start Sidebar when Windows starts
  5. Then tick the box Sidebar is always on top of other windows
  6. Press Apply and then OK.. It should immediately appear on the desktop.


How to download or install more gadgets:

To install or browse through all Vista gadgets that are available you can go to http://gallery.microsoft.com/vista/SideBar.aspx. If you have a genuine Windows Vista program then they are yours to download free.


Also when you have the Sidebar installed on your desktop there is a plus sign at the top. Double click on this to open the window pictured below. You can click on any of the gadgets here to install them to your desktop. If you want to download more click on get more gadgets online.


Windows Vista Free Gadgets

Windows Vista Free Gadgets


  • Change mouse clicking from double click to single click in Windows Vista
  • Start Windows Vista Flip3D quickly without clicking a shortcut
  • How to restore a Flip 3D shortcut icon to your Vista desktop tasbar
  • Download free gadgets for your Windows Vista gadget sidebar
  • Get something like Aero Flip 3D for Windows Xp and Vista Basic
  • Use Windows Vista Aero Flip 3D to glide through open programs
  • Show the old menu with file, edit, tools, and view in Windows Vista.
  • Article by

    Hi my name is Mitz Pantic. I am a full time blogger and computer freak! My first computer was a Vic 20. After that I had every computer that I could get my hands on. In my younger days I hung out with other geeks, usually boys, as girls were not really into computers. We caused errors and fixed them, made small programs and shortcuts, and built computers from scratch.

    has written 377 awesome articles for us at 100Vista

    { 12 comments… read them below or add one }

    Latest Gadgest March 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    thanks for sharing man, really good read!


    Free Macbook April 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Great guide. Would you recommend the Vista Sidebar over Yahoo Desktop Widgets?


    xp registry cleaner May 1, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I found your post while searching Google. Very relevant especially as this is not an issue which a lot of people are conversant with.


    Debra May 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I’m just getting started with blogging and have learned some nice techniques from your site. Thanks!


    Windows tutorial June 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Great guide.. Inever knew that I can find gadgets for free…


    Kaitlyn July 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    How to Play the Piano by Ear ?


    PrintingDone.Com August 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    very good post, vista sidebar gadgets are always my favorite.


    Girona Airport August 29, 2009 at 1:32 am

    great tip.I was looking for it and by chance found it today.Thanks for sharing


    night vision goggles for kids December 13, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Hello – nice blog, just looking around some blogs, seems a pretty nice platform you are using. I’m currently using Wordpress for a few of my sites but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it?


    windows 7 registry cleaner January 13, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Great guide.. Inever knew that I can find gadgets for free…


    rita beltrano February 20, 2011 at 5:43 am

    would like to download free windows gadgets


    AntiSpyware tools February 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Good idea,i will test it


    Leave a Comment

    CommentLuv badge

    Previous post:

    Next post: