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Calendar Gadget for Windows 7: Add to desktop + Customize settings

Windows 7 Calendar gadget Another desktop gadget that ships with the Windows 7 operating system is the "Calendar Gadget"; it is not visible by default, but all you need to do is manually add it to your desktop (in other words, you do not have to download the calendar gadget or install it!) In this tutorial, we will explain how to add the calendar gadget and customize its few settings. In its most basic form (as shown on the screenshot), it just displays the day, date, month, and year. Expanded from Smaller Size into its Larger Size setting, the calendar gadget will also include a navigable calendar on top, which lets you view previous months and next ones. This tutorial will explain how to change the calendar gadget's size, how to navigate through dates in it, and how to customize its options.


Add the calendar gadget to your desktop

As mentioned above, you do not need to download the calendar gadget, since it comes with Windows 7; follow these simple steps to add it to your desktop:

Note: if you want multiple calendar gadgets on your desktop, you can: Windows 7 will let you drag as many calendars (in theory) as you want. To have several calendar gadgets on your desktop at the same time, just drag and drop the calendar inside the Gadget Gallery several times!

Customize your calendar gadget in Windows 7

Aside from the Smaller / Larger size setting, Microsoft's calendar gadget for Windows 7 does not include any options; here are two settings that are common to all gadgets, that can be used to make your calendar more to your liking: making it float above other windows, and making it transparent / translucent, or fully opaque (default).

Hide / remove the calendar gadget from your desktop

All you need to do to remove / hide the calendar gadget from your desktop is to hover your mouse above it and click on the close button ("x") - you can also right-click on the gadget and choose "Close" from the context menu. Windows 7 will remove it, and you can add it back later on as explained above.

Close the calendar gadget to hide / remove it from your desktop

Uninstall / Delete the calendar gadget from your computer

To completely remove the calendar gadget from your computer, you need to manually uninstall it: open the Gadget Gallery and locate the calendar. Then, right-click on it and choose "Uninstall" from the start menu. Windows 7 will give you a last-chance confirmation message to change your mind: "Do you want to uninstall Calendar?" If you do, click on the "Uninstall" button to go forward.

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