Gadgets are small applications that are installed along with the installation of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Gadgets were first introduced with the release of Microsoft Windows Vista and were by default displayed in the sidebar that was placed at the right corner of the screen. In Windows Vista if users wanted to remove sidebar from their desktops all gadgets were removed with. Sidebar in Windows Vista contained multiple gadgets which users used to place according to their requirements. However in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 gadgets can be placed on the desktops in the floating form. This means that no sidebar was required in order to place a gadget on the desktop.
Gadgets for any post Windows Vista operating systems can also be downloaded from the Internet. There are several third-party vendors who develop gadgets for these operating systems and users can also visit Microsoft website to download latest gadgets that are developed by Microsoft.
In Microsoft Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 there are multiple gadgets and all of them are stored in the gadget gallery. Users can access that gallery and can drag and drop required gadgets from the gallery to their desktops. When the gadgets are downloaded from the Internet they are stored in the gadget gallery too. As the number of gadgets increase in the galleries, number of pages in the galleries increase accordingly.
Why Gadgets Are Important?
In pre-Windows Vista operating systems if users wanted to view any information or news they were required to open Internet web browsers and surf through the Internet to locate the sites of the choices. Because of this users wasted a decent amount of time just for searching appropriate locations to retrieve information from the sites.
With the release of Microsoft Windows Vista, when gadgets were first introduced they saved users’ times by providing important and required information right on their desktops with the use of gadgets. For example, Sensex information was available through gadgets right on the desktops, CPU meter was also available in the form of Windows gadgets, quick notes, dictionaries, currency translators, clock, etc. were some other gadgets that were mostly used by the users in their day-to-day lives. These gadgets and many more of them are now carried forward to Microsoft Windows 8 operating system and have been proved quite handy and informative for the users of almost every profession and location.
How to Add Windows Gadgets on the Desktops in Windows 8?
Adding Windows gadgets on desktops is user specific process. This means that gadgets can be added on users’ profiles separately and no elevated privileges are required to perform the task. In order to add Windows gadgets to the desktops users must follow the steps given below:
Log on to Windows 8 computer.
From the options available on the screen like Desktop.
On the desktop screen right click anywhere and from the context menu click Gadgets.
On the opened gallery click on the gadget that is to be placed on the desktop and drag it out of the gallery to the desktop screen. Release the mouse button when done.