Windows Sidebar Alternatives

    Windows Sidebar is described as 'long, vertical bar that is displayed on the side of your desktop. It contains mini-programs called gadgets, which offer information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are six alternatives to Windows Sidebar for Windows. The best alternative is Rainmeter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows Sidebar are Pokki (Free), Moo0 System Monitor (Free Personal), GiMeSpace QuickMenu (Free) and Cubiez (Free).

    This page was last updated Jul 30, 2021

    1. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
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    2. Pokki puts web-connected apps in your taskbar, so they're always only one click away. Welcome to the modern desktop.


      The program seems to be no longer updated. Social pages are not updated since 2014. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website.

    3. Lets you keep your eye on system resource usages of your PC. It supports 43 kinds of information including CPU, Memory, Network, and detailed HDD usages, so you may discover what's limiting your system performance in each occasion.
    4. A simple and fast task launcher and switcher. Press a custom assigned mouse/keyboard key, the menu pops up at the place of the mouse cursor, move to the desired task, release the key, and that is all! Can not be quicker or easier!.
      GiMeSpace QuickMenu vs Windows Sidebar opinions
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      Windows sidebar allows user to display various information on desktop through "widgets", QuickMenu is an alternative way to switch/start programs.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Cubiez takes what you love the most about your mobile phones and brings it to your computer: instant access to your favorite content and apps. Seamless - Provides a convenience no Operating System currently can.


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    5. Vista Rainbar is a Windows Sidebar clone for Rainmeter.


      Last version, 4.3, was released on July 2008, but it is still downloadable.

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