Windows Sidebar isn't included in this version of Windows. Instead, you can have gadgets anywhere on your desktop in Windows 7 and use the Aero Peek features to temporarily view your desktop gadgets without minimizing or closing the windows you’re working with. Gadgets are mini-programs, which offer information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools. For example, you can use gadgets to display your CPU and RAM usage, view a picture slide show, view continuously updated headlines through feeds, or look up contacts. This way, if you want to keep track of what's happening in the news while you work, you don't have to stop what you're doing to switch to a news website. If you see a headline that interests you in the feeds, you can click that headline, and your web browser will open directly to the story.
Before a gadget can be added, it must be installed on your computer. To see which gadgets are installed on your computer, do the following:
• Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click on Gadgets.
• To see more information about a gadget, select it, and then click on Show details.
• To add a gadget, double-click on a gadget to add it to your desktop instantly.
When you right-click a gadget, you'll see a list of things you can do with the gadget, including closing it, keeping it on top of your open windows, and changing its options. Even if you point to a gadget, a Close button and an Options button will appear near its upper-right corner. Some gadgets also have an option of varying their size.
The Windows 7 website has a good collection of gadgets for you to download and install. You can add any gadget that's installed on your computer to the desktop. If you want, you can even add multiple instances of a gadget. For example, if you are constantly on the move between countries and need to keep track of time in different time zones, you can add multiple instances of the Clock gadget and set the time of each of them accordingly. To remove a gadget, right-click the gadget, and then click Close Gadget. You can also drag a gadget to a new position anywhere on the desktop.