Support for creating a Sidebar Gadget for Windows® Vista
Microsoft® Windows Vista® operating system helps you get the most out of your PC. It has improved diagnostic, performance and troubleshooting tools. It offers an efficient security mechanism in order to protect your system from unauthorized access. Windows® Sidebar and gadget is an outstanding feature of Windows Vista®. Windows® Sidebar is a long, vertical bar resting on the right side of your desktop. It contains numerous applications miniaturized in the form of gadgets. These gadgets offer information at a glance and allow easy access to the various frequently used tools. Gadgets can be used to display picture slide shows, view continuously updated headlines, look up contacts etc.
Some of the points to keep in mind while creating a sidebar gadget for Windows® Vista are:
- Enable the Sidebar
- Install required applications
- Internet connection
- Delayed start-up
- Customize sidebar
Enable the sidebar
To create sidebar gadgets, you have to ensure that the feature is enabled in your system. To enable the Sidebar, select ‘Control Panel’ from the ‘Start’ Menu. Then click on 'Appearance' and 'Personalization' and choose Windows® Sidebar properties. Click on ‘Yes’, enable ‘Sidebar’ in the dialog box that appears. This provides the Sidebar on your desktop.
Install required applications
The ‘+’ icon at the top right-hand corner of the Sidebar opens up the sidebar gallery which displays the gadgets available. You must also ensure that only the required and the utmost necessary gadgets are installed as they use up the memory space of your system. Thus, unnecessary applications could lead to slowdown of your system and it could utilize the CPU usage.
Certain gadgets like Stocks, Weather etc. would require the system to be connected to the Internet to update itself. After booting, you would be asked to enable your Internet connection to update these gadgets. Certain other gadgets like 'Feed Headlines' also require to be connected to the Internet to remain functional. As this gadget provides you instant headlines, Internet connection is a compulsory requirement.
The Sidebar gadget uses the memory location available in your computer. On creating gadgets in your Sidebar, the start-up process takes a longer span of time to load. The gadgets require to be loaded and updated which consumes time and thus delays the start-up.
In order to keep the sidebar visible at all times you can also change its properties. You can make it appear as a transparent window over your current document or you can retain it on the top of the other windows. To enable transparency of the window, click on 'Control Panel' from the ‘Start’ menu and then choose ‘Sidebar’ tab.