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Windows 7: Dedicated area for Gadgets? I.e. maximize window and still see gadget?

26 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Dedicated area for Gadgets? I.e. maximize window and still see gadget?

Is there a way to make it so that hitting "maximize" on a window will not cover-up the gadgets? I know that you can have Gadgets always display on-top; however, I want to be able to have a dedicated area on the desktop where the gadgets will be located even if a window is maximized.

Here is an example of what I am thinking, the only difference is that this window would be maximized instead of manually resizing it to allow for space for the gadgets.

Dedicated area for Gadgets? I.e. maximize window and still see gadget?-maximizewithgadgets2.png

I understand that with the nature of Gadgets in Windows 7 there is no dedicated "sidebar" space like there was in Vista; however, I am fine with dedicating a specific space for this "zone" while ignoring other Gadgets that may be all over the place.

I am a software engineer and am proficient in .net etc, so if the only solution is programatic; that is fine, I am willing to work on it. However, I want to know if this is the only way and if anyone has any suggestions on how to go about doing this (even from a high-level.)

Thank you very much in advance for your help! I am excited if there is a way to make this work!.


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26 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sorry if i am wrong, but what about to replace sidebar in WIndows 7 with one from Windows Vista?
It will work in WIndows 7 and you will get desired dedicated area.

Vista Windows Sidebar - Reinstate on Windows 7
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26 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

7 Sidebar Gadget - Vista-Sidebar for Windows 7
I have read about Stardock or Rocketdock which may fill your needs too.
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26 Jul 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Welcome to SevenForums.

Another approach:

Live with it, but use WIN + Spacebar key combo to see desktop until you release the WIN key. This is the approach I use.

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top..
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01 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 64-Bit

You could set up Winsplit Revolution and disable the standard Aero Snap feature. I use WIN+[numpad] to set up upper and lower left and right and a few sizes of left, center, and right. You could set it so that there is no "maximize", only left 15%-100%, which would leave the same space. You'd still have to avoid the "maximize" button, but it's a workaround.
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