All CPU Meter
Note: Windows 7 gadgets are no longer supported by Microsoft. You may be able to acquire these gadgets from third-parties, but do not expect any support from Microsoft.
Windows 7 gadgets offer added functionality and convenience in a variety of ways. Here are a few you may want to add to your desktop.
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The gadget I used to monitor my dual-core computer running Vista wasn't available in a quad-core version, so I switched to All CPU Meter. It supports up to eight cores (so I have room to grow). All CPU Meter isn't as complex as some, but the simplicity works in its favor. It monitors your memory usage as well as CPUs, and it packs a lot of information into a small space. I also like that you can change the background color to match your preferences.
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Clipboard ManagerI've also replaced the Clipboard gadget I was using with Vista. I liked being able to access previous Clipboard items -- without opening an Office app -- but the old one was a little cheesy looking and limited in its functionality. Clipboard Manager looks slick and is feature-rich. You can customize the background to fit your desktop, and not just the color; you can use a photo as the background if you prefer.
About Deb Shinder
Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 add...
Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 additional books on subjects such as the Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 MCSE exams, CompTIA Security+ exam, and TruSecure's ICSA certification.