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File TypeWindows Gadget

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This file is saved in a zipped format. You can view the contents by unzipping it with a file decompression program.

What is a GADGET file?

A GADGET file is a small program that runs within the Windows Vista or Windows 7 sidebar. It stores several Web-based files in a Zip archive format and may include .HTML, .CSS, .JS files, as well as other Web files. The file is used for small programs such as news feeds, search tools, system utilities, and small games.

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Other types of gadgets include Web gadgets and SideShow gadgets. Web gadgets can be placed on Web pages, while SideShow gadgets run on mobile phones, digital picture frames, and other devices.

If you install a user-level Windows gadget, the installation files are placed in the following directory:

[user]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\

The default Windows gadgets are installed to the following directories:

C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Shared Gadgets\

C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\

Formerly, gadgets could be downloaded from the Windows Live Gallery, but Microsoft discontinued the gallery service.

NOTE: Since GADGET files are stored in a .ZIP format, you can rename their file extension to ".zip" and open them with any Zip-compatible decompression utility.

Programs that open GADGET files
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Updated 4/21/2016