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Top 12 Free Windows Gadgets and Widgets

by czar 3 December 2009 No Comment


Gadgets are small tools which install in the Windows sidebar on the desktop. There are several types of gadget, weather, news, search engines, videos, games, radio etc. After a long research I’ve decided to make a list of top 12 free windows gadgets. I’ve installed and tested all of them on Windows XP and Vista. I’ve also added editor’s rating (1 lowest, 5 is the highest)

Sticky Notes

The Sticky Notes application allows you to create electronic sticky notes directly on your Windows desktop. The Sticky Notes are just like paper post-it notes for your computer. Jot down tasks, messages, ideas, appointments, phone numbers, birthdays in a note and stick it on the desktop. A note can be positioned anywhere you wish, or hidden in your task bar, then searched and displayed later. Notes can be resized.

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size:  272.21K
Publisher web site: www.igorv.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 4

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Yahoo Widgets

Yahoo Widgets lets you add small standalone applications that can offer an endless variety of features, content, and system functionality. Twenty-two default widgets are included–including a weather forecaster, a Yahoo Mail manager, a Wi-Fi signal checker, a calendar, and an iTunes remote, etc.

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size: 15.11MB
Publisher web site: www.yahoo.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 5

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National Geographic Picture of the Day

This widget displays the National Geographic Picture of the Day on your desktop. A description of the image is available in a slide-out text area that can be positioned on any side of the Widget. Allows you to browse back and forth to previous pictures of the day

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size: 115.42k
Publisher web site: www.widgets.yahoo.com/gallery/index.php?author=7952
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3

The Weather Channel Desktop

With Weather Channel Desktop you can get instant access to your local temperature and severe-weather alerts. This program includes one-click access in your system tray to detailed local weather conditions and information on locations worldwide, including maps, current conditions, forecasts, and even live local traffic reports.

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size: 291.11k
Publisher web site: www.weather.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3


Google Talk

Google Talk offers you a choice to get in touch over email, IM, or a call; a quality talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room; and convenience of your Gmail contacts which are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away.

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size: 115.42k
Publisher web site: www.google.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 4

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Always On Top

Notes to permanently keep in mind some text. Shown on top of all windows. If you learn to type the text, simply copy any piece of screen – Always show it as an image. Comfortable with programming, text typing, computing. Relieves switch between windows. Simply copy the desired text, figures or just what you see on the screen. You can change the font size and transparency of the window. Always sticks to the edges of the screen. Remember the text and its position on the screen on exit.

Operating system: Windows 98,2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size: 309.11k
Publisher web site: www.none.ru
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3

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Dictionary .NET

Dictionary .NET is a tiny and easy multilingual dictionary translating from/to 43 languages using Google services, including Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Thai (dictionary + translation), and Albanian, Catalan, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Galician, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian (translation only). Features: Translate selected text with a hotkey, Single click without selected text, Full-Text Translation, Text suggestions, Multilanguage List.

Operating system: Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
File size: 80.68k
Publisher web site: www.fishcodelib.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 2

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Twitter Updates

This Gadget pulls the data from Twitter every few seconds and streams on to your desktop. Twitter is a social network site where people from all over the world let each other know what they are up to “right now”!

Operating system: Windows Vista
File size: 17.57k
Publisher web site: www.gallery.live.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3


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Live Sports Scoreboard

A gadget that shows live sports scores for MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA Basketball, and NCAA Football

Operating system: Windows Vista
File size: 12.28k
Publisher web site: www.gallery.live.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 2

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Dictionary/Thesaurus

Look up definitions and synonyms of input words. It doesn’t have any configurable options and is very easy to use. Just type in your query in the input box and hit enter, the result page (meaning of the word) will be displayed in a fly out pane.

Operating system: Windows Vista
File size: 121.12k
Publisher web site: www.gallery.live.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3

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Language Translator

Language Translator is a gadget that will allow you to translate texts between different languages on your desktop or Vista sidebar.

Operating system: Windows Vista
File size: 63.74k
Publisher web site: www.gallery.live.com
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3

Screenshots:

Facebook Gadget
Get Facebook notifications on your desktop

Operating system: Windows Vista
File size: 56.96k
Publisher web site: www.turhanaydin.eu/gadgets
Download: LINK
Editor’s Rating: 3

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