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Section 75. Add More Gadgets to Sidebar

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Right-clickontheSidebar.



ChooseAddGadgets.



Figure6.9.OpeningtheGadgetbrowser.



ClicktheAddbuttonontheSidebartoaddgadgets.



2. Then,you'llseealltheinstalledgadgets,whichinclude

thosefromMicrosoft(asFigure6.10shows)thatare

preloadedwithWindowsVista.



Figure6.10.TheWindowsSidebarGadget

browser.



PreloadedWindowsgadgets



Clickheretogetmoregadgets.



ClickShowDetailstolearnmoreabouttheselectedgadget.



DraggadgetstotheSidebarordesktoptousethem.



Tip

WindowsSidebarissetbydefaulttoautomatically

appearwhenyoustartWindowsVista.Ifyou've

closedit,however,don'tworry.Youcanopen

WindowsSidebarbyopeningtheStartmenu,

pointingtoAllPrograms,pointingtoAccessories,

andthenclickingWindowsSidebar.

Ifyou'vealsodisableditfromautomatically

appearingwhenyoustartWindowsandyou've

nowchangedyourmind,youeasilyreenablethis

byright-clickingonWindowsSidebar,selecting

Properties,andcheckingtheStartSidebarWhen

WindowsStartsoptiononthetop.



Eitherdouble-clickonagadgettoaddittotheSidebar,orclick

onagadgetanddragitanywhereonyourdesktoporthe

Sidebar.Keepinmind,dragginggadgetsfromtheSidebaror

directlyfromthegadgetwindowandplacingthemsomewhere

onyourdesktoptypicallymakesthegadgetlargerandoffers

morefeatures.Forexample,whentheweathergadgetisonthe

Sidebar,itonlyshowsthetemperature,however,whenplaced

onthedesktop,itdisplaysthethree-dayforecast.

Tip

Don'tlimityourselftothefewgadgetsMicrosoft

offers;therearethousandsofgadgetsoutthere!

ToviewMicrosoft'slistingofthird-partygadgets,



clicktheGetMoreGadgetsOnlinebuttoninthe

lower-rightcornerofthegadgetwindow.Youcan

alsosearchthewebforevenmoregadgets.



76.ChangePowerButtononStartMenu

Bydefault,thePowerbuttononyourStartmenuissettoput

yourPCinSleepmode.Thoughthismightbefineforsome,you

mightwantthePowerbuttontosimplyshutdownyourPC.For

example,ifyouusuallychoosetoshutdownyourPCinsteadof

puttingitintoSleepmode,thenyou'relikelyawarethatittakes

anaddedclicktothearrowontheStartmenutoshutdown

yourPC.Inotherwords,it'sawasteoftime.Reconfiguringthe

StartmenuPowerbuttonshavesafewsecondsofftheusual

process.

Tip

Ifyoudon'tliketheSidebaralwaystakingup

spaceonyourscreen,youcaneitherclose

WindowsSidebar(byright-clickingonitand

selectingCloseSidebar)andkeepanygadgetson

yourdesktop,oryoucanstoptheSidebarfrom

appearinginfrontofotherwindows(byrightclickingontheSidebar,selectingProperties,and

uncheckingtheSidebarisAlwaysonTopofOther

windowsoption),whichmakesitonlyaccessible

whenviewingyourdesktop.



Here'showtochangethesettingforyourStartmenuPower

button:

1. OpentheStartmenuandselectControlPanel.

2. Double-clickonPowerOptions.

3. ClicktheChooseWhatthePowerButtonDoeslink,asshown

inFigure6.11,inthetaskspane.



Figure6.11.OpeningtheSystemPower

Options.

[Viewfullsizeimage]



Tip

Youmightalsobeinterestedingettingback

theLogOffbutton(whichwasastaplein

WindowsXP).Ifso,see#46,"DisplaytheLog

OffButtonontheStartMenu."



4. InthePowerButtonSettingsarea,asshowninFigure6.12,

chooseeitherDoNothing,Sleep,orShutDownfromthe

drop-downlist.



Figure6.12.SelectingthePowerbuttonoption.



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