Windows (since Windows Vista) provides little useful utilities called Gadgets that you can place on your desktop. These gadgets can be a simple game, or a static information provider, or give results based on your input. Basically, they are small applications that are quickly accessible from your desktop.

This applet lets you manage all the installed gadgets.

How to Launch It

  • Open the traditional Control Panel through the Start Screen or using the Run Windows command “control”.
  • Select “Category” view for Control Panel.
  • Select “Programs” category. This opens a new page containing the subcategories.
  • Select “Desktop Gadgets”. This will launch the applet as a small window.

The window lists all the gadgets that are installed on the system. Besides that, it also shows the details of the selected gadget, like what it does, who created it, version of the installed gadget, etc.

Keep in mind that you need to add an installed gadget to the desktop to be able to use it. To add a gadget on the desktop, simply right click on the desired gadget and select “Add”. The gadgets, thus added, immediately show on the desktop, where you can configure them.

Alternatively, you can uninstall a gadget if you feel you don’t need it. Right click on the desired gadget and select “Uninstall”. This will remove the gadget from the system.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Tarkus

    You know that gadget support has been removed from Windows 8 RTM, right?

    In fact look at the #1 “related post” above.