What are GADGET files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a GADGET file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a GADGET file?
A .GADGET file is a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget file.
The Windows Vista operating system uses files that contain the .gadget file extension for sidebar gadgets. These files contain small applications that provide desktop access to frequently used tools such as news tickers, clocks, maps, Internet radio streams, etc.
To use the GADGET files, you must install the Windows Sidebar, a panel that appears on the side of the Windows Vista desktop. You can keep your GADGET files in this sidebar to easily access the GADGET tools and information. GADGET applications are similar to WIDGET applications but are created specifically for the Windows sidebar utility.
How to open GADGET files
Important: Different programs may use files with the GADGET file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your GADGET file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested two different GADGET openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: May 27, 2022
Various apps that use files with this extension
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.
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