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Put AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) In your Windows Sidebar

It’s about time that somebody released a gadget for the Windows Vista Sidebar that makes the sidebar less useless.

I just came across the AOL/AIM gadget today, and I did have some buggy issues with it, so be warned that it may not work perfectly.

First, you’ll need to install the gadget from here.

Once you’ve installed it, right-click on the sidebar, and choose Add Gadgets. You should see the icon in the list:

Double-click on the icon, and it will add itself to the sidebar. You can then login and see something similar to this:

aolsidebargadgetvista.png

Note that I took this image off the official site. Hopefully that’s ok… I didn’t really want to show my own screenname, and blurring the picture seemed to take away from the illustration effect.

I’m assuming that this gadget will get better over time, since it’s a beta release right now.

Updated article to point to new location. Thanks Will !

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/4/07

Comments (5)

  1. keaton

    as of now(3/11/07) its not in beta any more so you cant download yet. the full version should be out soon tho

  2. Will

    looks like they moved it here.
    http://daol.aol.com/vista/gadgets

  3. The Geek

    Will,

    Thanks for noticing that! I updated the article with the new link.

  4. Michelle

    I installed this application and it doesn’t show my buddy list or anything. So i double clicked the AIM icon and another window opened for me to sign in for my buddylist…i’m confused.

  5. Steven

    I’m having the same problem, Michelle. It must be because it’s still the Beta version.

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