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Gadgets Shortcut - Create

How to Create a "Gadgets" Shortcut in Windows 7
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01 Mar 2010 - Views: 13630
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How to Create a "Gadgets" Shortcut in Windows 7

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This will show you how to create or download a Gadgets shortcut that opens to the same location when you right click on the Desktop and click on Gadgets.

EXAMPLE: Gadgets
Name:  Gadgets.jpg
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Size:  100.4 KB

To Download a "Gadgets" Shortcut
1. Click on the download button below to download the file.
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Gadgets shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Gadgets shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
Name:  Unblock.jpg
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5. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.

To Manually Create a "Gadgets" Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9e0}
Name:  Step1.jpg
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3. Type Gadgets for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Name:  Step2.jpg
Views: 1170
Size:  71.5 KB
4. Right click on the new Gadgets shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step3.jpg
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Size:  100.0 KB
6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe
Name:  Step4.jpg
Views: 1171
Size:  83.9 KB
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step5.jpg
Views: 1157
Size:  97.7 KB
9. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
That's it,

01 Mar 2010   #1


nice tutorial...

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01 Mar 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Thank you RYO. I'm happy that you like it.
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