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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, Moo0 System Monitor, GiMeSpace QuickMenu and Cubiez.

Windows Sidebar alternatives are mainly System Information Utilities but may also be Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Sidebar.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

Windows Sidebar is a long, vertical bar that is displayed on the side of your desktop. It contains mini-programs called...

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  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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableRainmeter is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  2. Pokki icon

    Pokki

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Pokki puts web-connected apps in your taskbar, so they're always only one click away. Welcome to the modern desktop.

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    Discontinued

    The program seems to be no longer updated.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.

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  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.

    ⚫︎ PortableMoo0 System Monitor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  4. GiMeSpace QuickMenu icon

    GiMeSpace QuickMenu

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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!.

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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.

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    Cubiez

    • 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.

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    Discontinued

    Homepage not available.

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    Vista Rainbar

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Vista Rainbar is a Windows Sidebar clone for Rainmeter.

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    Discontinued

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

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