A gadget file extension is used for Windows Gadgets, small programs that enhance the desktop with various features. Gadgets are usually located in the Windows Sidebar, on the right side of desktop.

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GADGET file extension - Windows sidebar gadget

What is gadget file? How to open gadget files?

File type specification:

System file type icon System file type

Email attachment blocked file type icon Email attachment blocked file type

gadget file icon: gadget filetype icon

The gadget file extension is associated with Windows sidebar gadgets.

Gadgets are mini applications that can give you information and provide you with access to frequently used tools. Windows Sidebar helps you to organize your gadgets.

Windows Sidebar is a panel on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. You can customize Windows Sidebar to suit your preferred location—always on top or resting below maximized windows. Windows Sidebar is all about personalizing your own personal desktop.


Gadgets are mini programs with a variety of possible uses. They can connect to web services and deliver business data, weather information, news updates, traffic maps, Internet radio streams, or even slide shows of online photo albums. Gadgets can also integrate with other programs to provide streamlined interaction.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 comes with an essential set of gadgets to get you started, and you can also download more.

You can easily download, open and install new gadgets to your sidebar. Gadget file is basically a zip file which contains gadget files. It can be renamed to ZIP and simply decompressed by any compression utility.

This gadget file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to open gadget file:

Microsoft Windows Vista icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Vista  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Vista is operating system for desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers and media centers. Windows Vista was released in 2007 as a successor of Microsoft Windows XP. Windows Vista was distributed in six editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate. Windows Vista contains many new features, such as new GUI called Aero, multimedia tools, redesigned settings sub-systems, security improvements etc. In 2009 was Windows Vista replaced by new Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7 icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows 7  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Operating system released in 2009 available for desktops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets and media centers. It was replaced by Windows 8 and Windows 10. Support ends on January 14, 2020.

Microsoft distributes Windows 7 in four editions: Windows 7 Starter is designed for netbooks. Windows 7 Home Premium is used in home computers and notebooks. Windows 7 Professional is for business using and Windows 7 Ultimate contains all features from all previous Windows 7 editions and some others.

Microsoft Windows 8 icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows 8  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows 8 was the first member of the Windows operating systems designed with touchscreens in mind. Windows 8 features a brand new GUI called Metro. The system also now supports the ARM platform. It is used on PC, mobiles, and tablets. The next version with many improvements and updates was Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 10 icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows 10  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows 10 is operating system for desktop, laptop and tablet computers. Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu.

Windows 10 comes with great built-in apps like Edge, Maps, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Music, Movies & TV. And these apps use OneDrive to back up your information and sync seamlessly across your Windows 10 devices.

Help how to open:

Windows sidebar gadget file can be simple install in Windows Vista and 7 sidebar by double click on it.

Gadget file is container, that contains other files used by gadget in Windows sidebar. File extension gadget can be rename on ZIP and file can be decompress in WinZIP or WinRAR.

How to convert:

There is no way to convert these files to some other file format. You can however rename the extension to zip and extract the content.

Find conversions from gadget file:

gadget to themepack

Find converter to gadget file type:

widget to gadget

File identification strings:

HEX code: 50 4B 03 04
ASCII code: PK

Related links:

MicrosoftGadgets for Windows Vista Sidebar

Vista Gadgets at Wikipedia

Microsoft Gadgets Forum

List of software applications associated to the .gadget file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open gadget file, edit gadget file, convert gadget file, view gadget file, play gadget file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting gadget files.

Software that open gadget file - Windows sidebar gadget

Programs supporting the exension gadget on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open gadget file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with gadget file by default:
Microsoft Windows Vista small icon Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows 7 small icon Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8 small icon Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 10 small icon Microsoft Windows 10

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