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Windows 7: IE11 Appears not to support gadgets. What are the alternatives ?

15 Nov 2013   #31
DrDivan55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Windows 8.1 Pro Dual Boot
 
 

I had a second look and noticed that the affected gadgets use certain font. According to my opinion the problem is caused by IE11 making some fonts display incorrectly when in a higher DPI setting. This affected some other functions like disabling the Outlook spell-check in certain configurations, etc. So there should be a fix from Microsoft sometime in the future that would address these issues and hopefully that should fix the gadgets too.
As for making gadgets bigger-that's pretty difficult. You should play around first with the css file-that will enlarge the "glass" area around the gadget. Then move to the js file. The scripts that instruct how the gadget should be displayed are at the end of the file: undocked & docked state of the gadgets. I played around with that and the result was pretty ugly. So I would recommend to use the gadgets the way they are for the time being as a fix from Microsoft addressing the font issue should come eventually. If the gadgets look too small however one may click the arrow button below the close button of the gadget(if there is one-the CPU has it, but the Clock-does not) to enlarge them but now they would look unnaturally big. For the Clock-use a different clock style(the blue one seems small but the first clock style is OK for me).


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15 Nov 2013   #32
RPmtl

Win 10 Pro
 
 

[QUOTE=DrDivan55;2594916]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
Make a backup copy of the original file. Open with notepad and delete the whole row that contains the following tag:
<autoscaleDPI><!--_locComment_text="{Locked}"-->true</autoscaleDPI>
Don't leave an empty row in the script, delete it entirely.
I assume the XML files are those buried in the Windows\winsxs folder and that one needs to be logged in via the Administrator account to make modifications?

If those are the Gadget files' XML's, there are both 'amd64_' and 'x86_' versions of the same files. Does one need to modify both if running win7-64?

Thanks :-)

Russell
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15 Nov 2013   #33
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

[QUOTE=RPmtl;2595865]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrDivan55 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
Make a backup copy of the original file. Open with notepad and delete the whole row that contains the following tag:
<autoscaleDPI><!--_locComment_text="{Locked}"-->true</autoscaleDPI>
Don't leave an empty row in the script, delete it entirely.
I assume the XML files are those buried in the Windows\winsxs folder and that one needs to be logged in via the Administrator account to make modifications?

If those are the Gadget files' XML's, there are both 'amd64_' and 'x86_' versions of the same files. Does one need to modify both if running win7-64?

Thanks :-)

Russell
It will be in the Gadget folder in:
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
and or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets
and or
C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Sidebar\Gadgets


Jerry
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15 Nov 2013   #34
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrDivan55 View Post
I had a second look and noticed that the affected gadgets use certain font. According to my opinion the problem is caused by IE11 making some fonts display incorrectly when in a higher DPI setting. This affected some other functions like disabling the Outlook spell-check in certain configurations, etc. So there should be a fix from Microsoft sometime in the future that would address these issues and hopefully that should fix the gadgets too.
As for making gadgets bigger-that's pretty difficult. You should play around first with the css file-that will enlarge the "glass" area around the gadget. Then move to the js file. The scripts that instruct how the gadget should be displayed are at the end of the file: undocked & docked state of the gadgets. I played around with that and the result was pretty ugly. So I would recommend to use the gadgets the way they are for the time being as a fix from Microsoft addressing the font issue should come eventually. If the gadgets look too small however one may click the arrow button below the close button of the gadget(if there is one-the CPU has it, but the Clock-does not) to enlarge them but now they would look unnaturally big. For the Clock-use a different clock style(the blue one seems small but the first clock style is OK for me).
I think I will leave it for the time being but thanks for the interest and thanks again for pointing me in the right direction. I had a quick play with increasing the image sizes in the files but got nowhere.
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15 Nov 2013   #35
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

[QUOTE=RPmtl;2595865]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrDivan55 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
Make a backup copy of the original file. Open with notepad and delete the whole row that contains the following tag:
<autoscaleDPI><!--_locComment_text="{Locked}"-->true</autoscaleDPI>
Don't leave an empty row in the script, delete it entirely.
I assume the XML files are those buried in the Windows\winsxs folder and that one needs to be logged in via the Administrator account to make modifications?

If those are the Gadget files' XML's, there are both 'amd64_' and 'x86_' versions of the same files. Does one need to modify both if running win7-64?

Thanks :-)

Russell
There where Jerry and I said, in the program files

Instructions are here in one of my later posts on page 2,

IE 11 Update on Win7 corrupts gadgets - Microsoft Community
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15 Nov 2013   #36
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

I changed my dpi to 100% and suddenly I had two screens full of clocks. Every time I had attempted to launch a clock it had been installing but I simply couldn't see it. As I'm not experienced enough to start messing with scripts and files I'll have to hope someone comes up with a 'fix-it' script for us dunces.
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15 Nov 2013   #37
RPmtl

Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post

There where Jerry and I said, in the program files

Instructions are here in one of my later posts on page 2,

IE 11 Update on Win7 corrupts gadgets - Microsoft Community
Ah, I see. I was thrown off by your post #25 showing a screen grab of the CPU Meter's XML file that's different from the gadget.xml one. That suggested I needed to make the true->false change in each gadget being displayed.

All's good now (haven't tried doing it - just know where to look).

Thanks for the course correction :-)

Russell
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15 Nov 2013   #38
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I've only altered the CPU and weather gadget. Haven't tried altering any others as I don't use them.

And I'd suggest to anyone... use a good backup program such as Acronis and then you have no worries and can play around as much as you want.
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15 Nov 2013   #39
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by urbanspaceman1 View Post
I changed my dpi to 100% and suddenly I had two screens full of clocks. Every time I had attempted to launch a clock it had been installing but I simply couldn't see it. As I'm not experienced enough to start messing with scripts and files I'll have to hope someone comes up with a 'fix-it' script for us dunces.
I changed the XML in the Clock, CPU, Weather Gadgets and made the into gadget installers. Download the zip folder at the bottom of this post and extract it, then double click the gadget to install it.
IE11 Appears not to support gadgets. What are the alternatives ?-gadget.png

The new gadgets will have a red # 2 on them.
IE11 Appears not to support gadgets. What are the alternatives ?-gadget-gallery.pngIE11 Appears not to support gadgets. What are the alternatives ?-gadget-gallery2.png

Jerry


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15 Nov 2013   #40
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That's terrific work Jerry. I'm sure it will help a lot of folks.
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