Windows 7 : Using Desktop Gadgets (part 2) - Using the Clock, CPU Meter, Weather gadget

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1.2. Using the Clock gadget

Anyone who likes wall clocks or dislikes the bland system clock will like the Clock gadget. This gadget displays an analog clock with hour and minute hands by default (see Figure 3). Moving the mouse pointer over the clock and clicking shows the digital time with hour, minutes, and seconds.

Figure 3. Working with the Clock gadget

The Clock gadget is one of several gadgets that have configurable properties:

  • You can change the clock face to any one of the eight standard clock faces.

  • The clock time zone you use can be different from that used by the computer clock.

  • The clock can have a name, which is useful if you add more than one instance of the Clock gadget (which is handy if you want to see the time in multiple time zones simultaneously).

  • The clock can have a second hand, though its movement can be rather distracting.

To change the time zone or modify other options, right-click the Clock gadget and then select Options. You can then use the dialog box shown in Figure 2-18 to set the clock options.

1.3. Using the CPU Meter gadget

Having problems with a slow or unresponsive computer, or like being able to see what’s going on with your computer? If so, you might want to start using the CPU Meter gadget. This gadget displays the current percentage utilization of the computer’s CPU and memory as a series of gauges (see Figure 4). The large gauge shows the CPU utilization; the small gauge shows the RAM utilization.

Figure 4. Working with the CPU Meter gadget

Similar to a tachometer in a car, the CPU and RAM gauges show high utilization in yellow and red. The gauges are handy if you are experiencing performance problems and are wondering what is happening with your computer.

Generally, if either gauge peaks into yellow or red usage, the computer may become sluggish and slow to respond because of the high utilization of its resources. If both gauges peak into yellow or red usage, or either gauge is at 98 percent utilization or higher, your computer may become extremely sluggish or unresponsive to your requests.

1.4. Using the Weather gadget

Anyone stuck in a cubicle without a window or wanting to know about the weather in some far-off place will like the Weather gadget. This gadget provides an overview of the weather at a particular location courtesy of the weather provider configured for your computer. The default weather provider is MSN. Using this gadget, you can tell at a glance whether it is sunny, cloudy, snowing, or raining (see Figure 5). You can also see the outside temperature.

Figure 5. Using the Weather gadget

You can work with the gadget in several ways. You can set the location for which you want to view the weather, which is great if you are currently in Ohio but your heart and mind are in Colorado, where you’re heading for vacation. You can also specify whether to display the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.

To change the location of your weather reports or the way temperature is displayed, right-click the Weather gadget and then select Options. You can then use the dialog box shown in Figure 5 to set the weather options.

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