If you’ve ever used one of the modern smartphones, you will know that the programs used on them are known as apps. There are, however, similar programs you can get for your computer, and for the latest Microsoft operating system; these are known as the Windows 7 Gadgets.
Some of these gadgets are simply designed to be fun little programs, while others can be very useful and cut out a lot of work with a very simple solution. So in this article, we’ll have another look at what you can do with Windows 7 Gadgets.
Many of the gadgets that you can look at will be little programs that help you to organize things, such as a calendar or a program that will allow you to see upcoming meetings which is synchronized from your diary organizer program.
One of the most popular areas of windows 7 gadgets that are available are those that can give you up-to-date information about the weather in your location, and for the forecast over the coming hours or days.
These gadgets are among the ones that you need to be connected to the internet in order to use them, as they are reliant on online feeds to supply the information that is used in the display.
Facebook and Twitter Gadgets
Some of the most numerous gadgets available for your computer are those that will automatically connect to your Facebook and twitter accounts, and will then display some of the information in a small display on your desktop.
The obvious benefits of not having to open up a browser window in order to see any updates from these feeds mean you can continue working while still being able to see any new updates on these windows 7 gadgets.
Computer Monitoring Gadgets
One of the areas where you have almost limitless options in terms of the windows 7 gadgets you can use is those that actively monitor the performance of your computer. These will be particularly of interest to you if you are a gamer or run system-intensive programs, and like to keep an eye on the performance of your computer.
The information that these gadgets display can vary from the temperature of certain parts of your computer going to the percentage of capacity that various areas of your computer, such as the CPU and the RAM that the computer, is using at the time. Some of these windows 7 gadgets will also be able to be set so that they can display a log of the recent usage of these areas of your computer.
Although many of the windows 7 gadgets which are available are serious or useful in their application, there are also plenty of fun gadgets which can be an interesting distraction from whatever you’re doing.
From the slideshow and picture puzzle which are included with the OS, there are plenty of other windows 7 gadgets that you can use to kill time, such as those that include a sudoku puzzle or a small skill game.
The type of windows 7 gadgets that we have discussed here are only the beginning of the options that you have available to you. And whether you are looking for something which is genuinely useful, or genuinely fun, then you will find something which will brighten up your desktop.
Frank is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA.