Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To Use

<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/windows_7_graphic-300×300.jpg”>windows 7 graphic 300x300   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseGadgets are always cool to have. They add functionality to your desktop and generally make your life easier. Last but not least, they help you express your individuality.

Fortunately, Microsoft got rid of the ugly Vista sidebar in Windows 7, so that your gadgets are allowed to float freely on your desktop. Back in July Matt showed you the 7 Best Windows 7 Gadgets, including useful system meters, Facebook and Twitter explorers, the Skype gadget, and the Doppler RadLoop.

Now lets have a look at some more cool desktop gadgets for Windows 7.

Clipboard Manager

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[Link to gadget updated on 26 June 2013.]

This gadget provides quick access to the clipboard history. You can retrieve images or text you copied previously from the history or create your favorite clips to use in the future. Simply right-click on the entry in the history and select your action.

Need to find a specific piece of information that you copied like an hour ago? Just filter the history for a keyword to find it.

You can manage the entire history and your favorite clips from the Clipboard Manager, by clicking on more. Here, you can also add tools and change the settings. Unfortunately, the manager window is very large, so on my netbook I had to use the [TAB] key to jump to the (for me) invisible OK button and save my changes.

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MiniTV

Windows7Gadget04   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseMiniTV is a small TV on your desktop, pretty obvious.

The gadget comes with a large number of stations to choose from plus you can add your own. Full screen mode is supported, but the quality depends on the respective stream. Expect an update with many more internal stations.

Need a short break but don’t want to get lost in time? Go into the configuration and enter a time or amount of minutes after which MiniTV will switch off.

Ultimate Explorer

Windows7Gadgets05   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseThis looks like such a simple tool, but it really hides a myriad of features underneath its hood. It totally deserves the name Ultimate Explorer.

It provides instant access to multiple sites you may want to query for information. The search can be browser or gadget based and you can specify which for each site separately. For example you can view YouTube videos in the flyout, but load the results in your browser when you search Amazon. Just select the respective site and then click the tools icon in the bottom right.

The tool even hosts a little calendar and event system (Home). Access the settings menu for tons of additional options. Unfortunately, you cannot customize the list of sites to search.

NASA TV

Windows7Gadget02   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseThis is a simple little app streaming NASA TV live to your desktop.

Watch how the astronauts and scientists on the International Space Station float past the space cam doing their work as you enjoy earthly pleasures, such as gravity and a hot coffee from a proper cup.

The gadget streams the video in a tiny window the size of the screenshot provided above. There is no way to zoom in or switch to full screen. However, you can go directly to NASA TV’s website for a better quality stream.

Weather Underground

Windows7Gadget01   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseIn our modern lives, we are relatively independent of the weather. However, it still helps to know whether or not you need to carry that extra jacket or put on sun screen for your walk in the park.

This desktop gadget from Weather Underground won’t let you neglect the weather in your fashion and lifestyle decisions. It supports cities worldwide.

Clicking the little plus button in the bottom right will fold up the preview and reduce the window to the current weather conditions. Clicking the little arrow in the top left opens the flyout window, which, pending availability, provides access to a radar image, more detailed weather conditions, and webcams.

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Colour Picker

Windows7Gadget03   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseThis color palette gadget is a super cool tool for anyone who works with colors across multiple applications. You can search for online color palettes and save your custom palettes. Once set up you can easily copy&paste the HEX values of your palettes and maintain a uniform color scheme without much hassle

The gadget incorporates the API of COLOURlovers, an online resource that monitors and influences color trends.

The Magic Folder

Windows7Gadgets06   Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To UseIs your desktop and download folder a hopeless mess? This tool can be your savior! It sorts files into default folders based on the file extension. Just drag and drop your files onto The Magic Folder. You can also define a ‘watched folder’ to be sorted automatically whenever new files arrive, for example your downloads folder.

The tool can’t read your mind, so for optimal results you first have to set it up and add the type of folders and subsequently types of files it should manage. You can edit the path for the folders and hence have the gadget move your files anywhere you want. You can also edit all file extensions separately, for example sort .tiff files into your projects folder, but all other image files into the pictures folder. You can even add additional folders in addition to the standard ones.

Here are three more cool Windows 7 gadgets worth trying:

Which Windows 7 gadget is your favorite and where did you discover it?

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Tech Maish

Tina link for “The Magic Folder” is missing. Update the post.

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Karan Rajpal

Magic Folder link is missing… please update…

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Tina

Thanks for catching that! Not sure why the link got messed up. The links is: http://gallery.live.com/liveIt

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TLW

I absolutely love your blog Guys. But some of this stuff is very old news. I want the new stuff :)

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Tina

TLW, I’m sorry these apps weren’t useful to you. I made an effort to find the coolest gadgets, not the latest. Besides, ‘very old’ is quite relative. Windows 7 is kinda brand new, so how can the gadgets be old? ;)

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Ken

I agree with TLW. Sorry, but I expected more from the article. Watching NASA is not going to change my Windows 7 experience. Focusing on items like The Magic Folder and Ultimate Explorer are more in line with what the people out there are wanting to see in an article titled: Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To Use

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WTF?

Gadgets or widgets, are one of the most useless things on a pc or phone. Then have been a fail ever since Yahoo released them years ago. Who in the F looks at their desktop? I haven’t seen mine in years.

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Mr David Martinov

Hi wonted to find out what is the best apps you have for earnings thank you