Run Windows Sidebar Gadgets Without the Sidebar

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By Lowell Heddings on July 6th, 2007

Did you know that you can drag sidebar gadgets to the desktop, and then Close the sidebar? This tip might be obvious to many of you, but judging from all the emails I get on the subject, I felt that I should write an article about it anyway.

All you have to do is just drag the gadgets off the sidebar onto the desktop, and put them anywhere you want.


Now right-click anywhere on the clear part of the sidebar, and choose Close Sidebar.


You’ll notice that the gadgets continue to run on the desktop. You can even customize them via the options and set the transparency to blend in better with the desktop.


Remember that you can use Win+Space to bring them to the foreground if you want.

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 07/6/07
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