10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Desktop Gadget interface

Desktop Gadgets in Microsoft Windows 7 are more sophisticated and more useful than in previous versions of the operating system. Here are 10+ gadgets that should be in your desktop management portfolio.

Note: Earlier Deb Shinder gave us her Top 10 Windows 7 desktop gadgets and while there are some similarities between our lists, there are also some significant differences.

To get to the Windows Desktop Gadgets installation application, search Gadgets in the Start menu search box. You will be presented with a list of gadgets already installed onto your system. Click the details button to reveal more information about each gadget.

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.