Gadgets in Windows® 7 with Microsoft® Office 2010
Windows 7 comes with features, such as Windows Gadgets, Windows Aero, Windows Search, Windows Defender and so on. Windows Gadgets can be best described as small applications that provide users with quick access to any task or information. Gadgets in Windows 7 have been specifically designed to add to the visual appeal of the operating system and these can be even customized to suit user requirements. By default, Windows 7 comes with some gadgets and many more can be installed on the system. Default gadgets on Windows 7 include calendar, clock, contacts, CPU meter, currency, feed headlines, notes, picture puzzle, slideshow, stocks, weather, etc. These gadgets can be moved to anywhere in the desktop for quick access. Besides Windows Gadgets, Windows 7 also allows you to get ready access to Microsoft Office 2010 applications. Windows 7 allows you to pin Microsoft Office 2010 applications to the taskbar so that they can be used as and when required. You can even pin multiple applications, such as MicrosoftÂ Word, MicrosoftÂ Excel, MicrosoftÂ PowerPoint and use all of them at the same time. In order to pin Microsoft Office 2010 application, you can drag and drop the programs icon to the taskbar.
- Traffic Info
- Drag and Drop Printing
MiniTV is a very useful gadget that can be installed with Windows 7. Like the name suggests, MiniTV gadget is a small TV on the desktop. The MiniTV Gadget comes with large numbers of stations and users can even add custom stations. The Gadget even supports full screen viewing but the quality will depend on the streaming speed. You can configure MiniTV gadget to turn off after some time, like a sleep mode in regular a TV.
Traffic Info gadget is powered by Google Maps and provides real time details about the traffic on the roads at a given location. Traffic info gadgets come with almost all countries and if the user’s country is not on the list, the map can be zoomed to the present location from the ‘World’ tab. This gadget can come in very handy for users who have to move around and can find out the quickest way to reach their destinations on time.
Drag and Drop Printing is yet another gadget for Windows 7. With this gadget, you can drag any document or part of an open document and make very quick prints. When a particular section is dropped into the gadget, a printer menu for the page pops up. However, you must remember that the printer must be ready and fully set-up while using this gadget.
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