Windows 7 Sidebar is Missing, How to Get it Back?

Sidebar feature removed from Windows 7 OS. If you have started using from Vista, you will notice that sidebar is missing in Windows 7.  Microsoft realized the sidebar problems with Windows Vista and they changed it in Windows 7. Sidebar used to consume lots of resources on the computer and ultimately it impacts the performance.

Microsoft came up with a different feature called ‘Gadgets’ in Windows 7. It allows users to add and remove only important Gadgets to their desktop to maintain the better performance and appearance of the desktop.

Add Gadgets on Windows 7 Desktop

To add gadgets on the desktop, Right click on the desktop and select Gadgets.

Windows 7 Sidebar

Select the gadgets you want to add.  These gadgets can be moved and placed anywhere on the desktop.
Each gadget can have separate options. You can easily modify them to match the purpose and location of the gadget. To get the options of the gadget, just right click on the gadget. Again these options can change based on the Gadget.

Windows 7 Sidebar Missing

The Opacity of Windows 7 Gadgets

Opacity of each gadget can be changed. This helps you to work on the desktop and other Windows without any distractions by the Gadget. When you want to see the Gadget, move the mouse top of it, it comes to 100%. Select opacity from the options to change it.

Windows 7 Sidebar

Change Size of Windows 7 Gadgets

Size of gadget, whether small or large can be changed by a small arrow next to each gadget.

Windows 7 Sidebar Missing

Windows 7 sidebar and gadgets don’t consume memory and processor resources like earlier Windows Vista. So it’s a big improvement in Windows 7.

Few Resources to Refer

Download Latest Gadgets for Windows 7 Sidebar from Microsoft

Find out the Best System Utility Gadgets for Windows 7 Sidebar

Remove Windows 7 Sidebar and Gadgets

It’s easy; just close all gadgets from Windows 7 desktop. Once all gadgets are closed, it will terminate the sidebar process on the computer. That will help to free up some resources. Next time when you restart the computer, the closed gadgets will not show up again.


Permanently Remove Windows 7 Sidebar and Gadgets

To permanently remove Windows 7 sidebar and its gadgets from your computer, follow the steps.

1) Go to control panel and open ‘Programs and Features’

2) Select ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ on the left side as mentioned in the below picture.

3) Look for ‘Windows Gadget Platform’ from the list and remove the checkbox.

Windows 7 Sidebar Missing

4) Once you click OK, it will remove the Windows 7 sidebar and gadgets from computer permanently. You can reinstall the sidebar and gadgets by this same method by selecting the checkbox.

5) Restart the computer after the installation or reinstallation.

Once it was removed from the Programs and Features, you will not see the option when you right click on the desktop.

Windows 7 Sidebar

Hope this small guide is useful in managing the sidebar and gadgets in Windows 7. Since the end of life of Windows 7 is approaching, it is highly recommended to upgrade your computer to the latest Windows OS.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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