GADGET File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a GADGET file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .GADGET files.

What is a GADGET file?

Files that contain the .gadget file extension are used by the Windows operating system for the Windows sidebar gadgets. These files contain small applications that provide users with desktop access to frequently used tools such as news tickers, clocks, maps, Internet radio streams and more.

To use the GADGET files you must install the Windows Sidebar, which is a panel that appears on the side of the Windows Vista desktop. You can keep your GADGET files in this sidebar for easy access to the GADGET tools and information. GADGET applications are very similar to WIDGET applications, but are created specifically for the Windows sidebar utility.

How to open GADGET files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension GADGET for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 3 different GADGET openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension GADGET

While we know of one file format using the .GADGET file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .GADGET file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of GADGET files. Remember, different programs may use GADGET files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Gadget ExtractorGadget ExtractorUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Flash PlayerFlash PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with GADGET-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with GADGET-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!