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Windows 7: I want my sidebar back!!!!

12 Sep 2009   #31
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually I found a way to have the gadgets on the desktop on Vista the same as they are on Windows 7, all you had to do was drag them off the sidebar and then close it and you could position them anywhere and unlike Windows 7 they don't snap to certain position when placed near another gadget (something that really annoys me).

The only real benefit to the gadgets as they are now is when you select show desktop the gadgets are there to see, although even that's buggy sometimes and some gadgets will disappear from the desktop and the only way to get them back is to kill the sidebar and open it again.

Personally I think they should have left the option to have the sidebar if you desire to use it as many have found they do and even though there is a work around for this problem there have been some gadgets that will still not function properly when the Vista Sidebar is reinstated.

I think there have been plenty of new innovations implemented in Windows 7 but in an effort o distance itself from Vista they seemed to have crippled many of the good working features that Vista and even XP had before it, I can only hope they will bring some of these features back with the next service pack but I suspect we wont see any big changes now untill Microsofts next OS.


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12 Sep 2009   #32
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

On your one note of the the gadgets snapping to fixed wells in 7, if you hold down the SHIFT key while moving a gadget, you can get them as close as you want, and they should stay there.
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12 Sep 2009   #33
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
On your one note of the the gadgets snapping to fixed wells in 7, if you hold down the SHIFT key while moving a gadget, you can get them as close as you want, and they should stay there.
About to mention that myself
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12 Sep 2009   #34
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
On your one note of the the gadgets snapping to fixed wells in 7, if you hold down the SHIFT key while moving a gadget, you can get them as close as you want, and they should stay there.
Thanks Aaron, how come I have never heard that mentioned before.
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12 Sep 2009   #35
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
On your one note of the the gadgets snapping to fixed wells in 7, if you hold down the SHIFT key while moving a gadget, you can get them as close as you want, and they should stay there.
Thanks Aaron, how come I have never heard that mentioned before.
I guess people forget that one...eventhough it is an essential thing for gadgets
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12 Sep 2009   #36
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'll make a tut for it right now then.
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12 Sep 2009   #37
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Sounds like a good plan mate.
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12 Sep 2009   #38
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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12 Sep 2009   #39
foxontherock

 
 

My point with the sidebar is that it got a reserved place on the window, that was not occupied by my working window when I maximize them. My windows fit on the remaining space on the left side of the the bar, and I still can see my gadgets when I work, that is what I liked.

I don't want to do minimize my windows to see my gadgets, or I do not want my gadgets to be always on top over my working applications. The sidebar was good, and it's gone. That do not mean that gadgets on the desktop is bad, but sidebar has its utility and I can't use it anymore.

So, I chose a solution that included a sidebar AND a desktop solution, the one from Google. If Google can do it, why MS can't? That's exactly the same kind of application.
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12 Sep 2009   #40
johngalt

 

I understand where you are going with this, now. There are a whole slew of such posts / request all over the Internet - unfortunately, according to Windows 7 help:

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What happened to Windows Sidebar?


Windows Sidebar isn't included in this version of Windows. Instead, you can display gadgets on your desktop. For more information, see Desktop gadgets: frequently asked questions.
The only thing I can see is to try to figure out how to get the sidebar.exe from Vista installed and working on your Windows 7 install.
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