Windows Gadgets

By harald, April 13, 2017

I use Windows Sidebar Gadgets (originally developed for Windows7) in Windows 8/10. You can install 8GadgetPack from the internet to do so.

I like being able to use my computer as an alarm clock to show me a message after X minutes or at a specific time.  Most countdown / alarm clock timers play a sound file (WAV/MP3) but do not show a message alert.  I use the [Autostarter] gadget and use it to load [alarm.jpg] which is just a picture with the text “It’s Time” on it.  Windows Preview will display the image and it will appear on top of any other Windows that are open on my computer.  [Autostarter] has the additional benefit I can use it to open any program or file I choose.  It is very convenient that you can use it both as a countdown timer (alarm after X minutes) and alarm clock (alarm set for a specific time) at the same time.  Once armed it will simply countdown and display the remaining time to the event in hours/minutes/seconds remaining.

I also like to shutdown my computer after X hours.  [TurnoffPC] gadget works great for that.

Then there is [DateTime], [NetworkMonitorII] and [Notes] for the date/time, bandwidth monitoring and sticky notes.

You can download the complete 8GadgetPack and my favorite set of gadgets here: GadgetPack

Gadgets for all users live here:
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

Gadgets for just yourself live here:
%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets