A handy and reliable desktop sidebar that can help you easily access several programs you frequently user, thus saving your time.
Windows 8 is very well known for the Metro Screen. Very first, Windows Vista was the OS that featured sidebar. It allowed the user to add gadgets of their favorite applications. But somehow that was not much appreciated by the users. Result of this was it was omitted from Windows 7 with only some floating gadgets.
But today we will see some different style of sidebar which related to Windows Metro sidebar. This is a free app and can be very easily used on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users who aren't concerned about the security can download and install third-party desktop gadget packs that include ported desktop gadgets from Windows 7. The advantage of these gadget packs is that you not only get native Windows 7 gadgets but also get tens of cool third-party gadgets designed for Windows 7.
Since desktop gadgets were originally developed for Windows 7, they don't go well with Windows 8 and 8.1's Modern interface. If you're running Windows 8 or 8.1, and looking for a good sidebar program with tiled interface, you should check out MetroSidebar program.
MetroSidebar is a free sidebar program designed to add Modern UI-style (Metro-style) sidebar to Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The cool thing about this sidebar program is that it goes very well with the Modern interface of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
The best thing about this app is that it is fully customizable. You can even change the color of the tile to match your background wallpaper. You can also push down gadgets to other sidebar faces. The number and active face will be denoted by dots present at bottom. You can remove the gadget tile you do not want on sidebar. Gadgets like clock and launchers and weather do have their own settings.
To add a new tile, click the Settings icon located at the bottom of the sidebar and then click Add tiles. Select a tile's name in the left-pane and then click the plus button to add the tile to the sidebar.
Options to auto-hide and dock the sidebar are available under Settings. MetroSidebar doesn't affect the Charms bar present in Windows 8 and 8.1 any way.
All-in-all it's a decent sidebar program with beautiful interface. It's compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 must be installed on your PC