How do I... Add and customize sidebar gadgets in Microsoft Windows Vista?


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If the Windows Sidebar is not turned on in your installation of Vista, you can activate it by navigating through the Start button and clicking the Accessories folder.

You could also type "sideshow" into the Desktop Search box to get to activate the Windows Sidebar.

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