How to Add the ‘Windows Vista Sidebar’ to Windows 10

Using a fantastic and completely free piece of software you can add the “Vista Sidebar” back to Windows 10. This guide will give you an overview of the software and its features.

Windows 10 desktop with the Windows Vista Sidebar

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Sidebar when it appeared in Windows Vista. It took up a bit too space on what were typically smaller monitors at lower resolutions. Today, with monitors so large and resolutions so high – the sidebar has become a welcome part of my Windows 10 desktop. The App is free, small and uses minimal system resources – give it a try! :)

  1. Head over to the 8GadgetPack home page and click the download button in the upper-right corner of the site. Run the installer once the download has completed.
  2. Once the installation has finished 8GadgetPack will launch. By default, 3 ‘gadgets’ will be visible – a clock, a clipboard and the weather.
  3. Almost all of the gadgets have some configurable settings. To find them, hover your cursor over the gadget you want to customize until a series of buttons appears. Click the one with a small “wrench” icon (see screenshot below).
  4. Then you’ll be able to customize that gadget.
  5. There are a couple of ways to add new gadgets to your toolbar – the first is to right-click anywhere on your Desktop and select Gadgets from the pop-up menu.
  6. The second is to right-click an empty space within the sidebar itself and select Add gadgets… from the pop-up menu.
  7. Make sure to scroll through each page – there are a lot of gadgets to choose from!

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  9. If you right-click anywhere inside the sidebar and select Options from the pop-up menu, you’ll be able to configure the sidebar itself. There are a lot of settings and features you can enable to really make the sidebar your own.
  10. Some of the gadgets I find most useful include: the default weather gadget, the ‘basic’ calendar gadget, Network Monitor II and Top 5 Processor.

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