Windows Sidebar without the sidebarMay 29th, 2007 by Jared Schwager
The Windows Sidebar is a greatly welcomed feature of Windows Vista. But how do you stick all your gadgets (more commonly known as widgets) on your desktop and do away with that sidebar? Apple’s Mac OS X operating system also has a widget application named Dashboard and will only display widgets on the desktop. If you’re a Mac addict but stuck using Vista at work, this trick may help you feel more at home with the Windows Sidebar.
First you’ll need to drag all the gadgets off of the sidebar and onto your desktop. You can do this by hovering your cursor over a gadget and using the dotted area to the right of the gadget to drag it.
Once you have all your gadgets on your desktop, right click the plus (+) at the top of your sidebar and select “Close Sidebar”. That’s all there is to it. To unhide the sidebar, just right-click the Windows Sidebar icon in your system tray and select “Open”.