Widgets for Windows® XP
Widgets, also generally known as gadgets, consist of a set of HTML (hypertext markup language) codes that classify and systematize all your frequently used small information and tasks in one place. These widgets have completely transformed the Windows® desktop and made it more functional. Now, apart from using the desktop to access computer drives or save folders, you can also use it to keep yourself updated about important dates, make important notes and to-do lists, etc.
- Commonly used Windows® XP widgets
- How to run Windows Vista® Sidebar on the Windows® XP platform
- Creating widgets for Windows® XP
Commonly used Windows® XP widgets
While Windows Vista® has integrated widgets into its platform, it was a long wait before the users of the older version Windows XP could get their hands on these cool widgets. This happened only when the developers and some software companies like Yahoo!® released widgets that could run on the Windows® XP desktop. Post that, the Windows® XP users have been able to view the latest news, calendar, and time, as well as do calculations on their desktops and give their desktops a trendy look and make it more useful. Some of the most useful widgets launched by Yahoo!® for the Windows® XP users are Windows Vista® Sidebar and Picture Frame, which allows you to upload pictures to Flickr®; Yahoo!® Widget Gallery, which gives you the latest updates on new widget releases; Rainlender, a desktop calendar which you can customize; and DesktopX, which allows you to create your own widgets.
How to run Windows Vista® Sidebar on the Windows® XP platform
Sidebar is, essentially, a Windows Vista® application which allows the users to place all their running widgets, like clock, calendar, weather updates, etc., on the sidebar. However, the Windows® XP users can also run the Sidebar on their computer systems. For that, the users will have to download the Sidebar for Windows® XP, and install it on their desktops. To install the Sidebar, extract the files from the zip folder and then click ‘Windows Sidebar Installation’. Then, open the Sidebar folder and double-click the ‘Program’ tab to launch the Sidebar. Once installed, you can slot in all your widgets into the Sidebar for an uncluttered and easy access.
Though, there are a lot of widgets made available by companies like Yahoo!®, yet some people like to create their own widgets. Windows® XP also gives its users the platform to create their own widgets. To do that, you have to first go to websites, such as Widgetbox™, which have widget creation tools. You can create widgets using these tools by following a few quick steps. For instance, on the Widgetbox™ website, click the ‘Make a Widget’ tab and then wait for the tool to load. Then, choose from a list of the types of widgets by clicking on their icons. For instance, click ‘Blog’ in case you are a blogger and want a widget that automatically gets you your latest blog entries. Then, navigate to your blog and press the ‘RSS’ button. Copy the address from the address bar, come back to the first window, and then click ‘Blog’. After clicking, a text box will appear on the screen; paste the address on that and press ‘Continue’. You can also change your text and background color preferences, then click ‘Save’ to receive the embedded code for the newly created widget. Copy and paste that code into the HTML of your favorite website or blog to display it.