How to Remove “Gadgets” Option from Windows 7 Desktop Context Menu?

Recently someone asked us how can he remove "Gadgets" option from Windows 7 Desktop context menu as he doesn't use any gadgets on Desktop?


If you also don't like this extra option in Desktop context menu and want to remove it, then this tutorial will help you.

You can remove this option by uninstalling the complete Gadget application. How will you do that? Here are the required steps:

1. Open Control Panel, click on "Programs and Features" and then click on "Turn Windows features on or off" link present in left sidebar:


2. It'll open another window, now uncheck "Windows Gadget Platform" option from the list and click on OK button:


3. That's it. It'll uninstall the Gadget application and the "Gadgets" option will be removed from Desktop context menu:


Its good for people who like minimal context menu and don't use Gadgets on Desktop.


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  • sir,,,,, i applied new gadgets from that time 2 i unable 2 open gadgets .
    problem is

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: BEX
    Application Name: sidebar.exe
    Application Version: 6.1.7600.16385
    Application Timestamp: 4a5bc613
    Fault Module Name: StackHash_0a9e
    Fault Module Version:
    Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
    Exception Offset: 03380070
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Data: 00000008
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 0a9e
    Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
    Additional Information 3: 0a9e
    Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

  • You explained how to remove Gadgets from the menu by removing the entiure application. You didn't explain how to remove Gadgets from the menu, yet keep the function installed.

  • @ LMHtd open gadgets using right click>properties/personalize find gadgets and from there you could config what gadgets to keep and what to remove by simple mouse click, u could also right click and go to gadgets and then perform the actions.

  • VG

    Check following:

  • Hello VG,

    I found your cited page after I posted the above comment, and the method worked flawlesly. Thank you. I now only have "Personalize" left in the Desktop context menu.

  • I cannot get the Gadgets Option removed from my computer. It is still showing up as a Wallpaper and I don't want it on there. I downloaded it on Monday 11/1/15 from BING and I would like to remove it completely. Can you tell me how in simple terms, please?

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