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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ All in One by Greg Perry

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Chapter 9. Working with the Sidebar and Gadgets

In This Chapter:

  • Understand the Sidebar’s purpose
  • Work with gadgets on your Sidebar
  • Add new gadgets to your computer
  • Change Sidebar and gadget options
  • Look for more information about writing your own gadgets

The Windows Sidebar is a feature new to Vista. When enabled, it resides on an area of your screen that you can make visible at all times, typically as a vertical column with icons on it along the right side of your screen. On the Sidebar, you can place gadgets—small programs that give you routine information that you like to have available such as a calendar, calculator, or stock quotes.

The Sidebar always puts information at hand and is just one of the many ways you can customize Windows ...

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