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Turn-off Sidebar on desktop.

This tweak can turn-off the new Sidebar feature of desktop.

Tweak for : Windows Vista
Microsoft has introduced yet another feature in Windows Vista, the Sidebar on desktop. Sidebar has the ability to make use of gadgets, which are small applets that may display information or utilities to the user.

As the Sidebar covers space on your desktop and if you can’t make the good use of this feature, you can opt to turn it off.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter “regedit” and navigate to the registry path listed below. If any of the subkeys “\Windows\Sidebar” does not exist, create it as explained below. Then, create a DWORD value “TurnOffSidebar” in the right panel, and change its value to “1”.

However, if you want to turn-on the Sidebar, change the value to “0”.

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

Turn OFF Sidebar.reg

The '.reg' file will turn off Sidebar.

Turn ON Sidebar (Default).reg

The '.reg' file will turn on Sidebar.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

Windows Sidebar with gadgets are removed from the desktop.

Windows Sidebar with gadgets are displayed by default.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type 'regedit'.

Second, go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\] and create a new key as 'Windows'.

Third, create a subkey 'Sidebar' under the key 'Windows'.

Now, create a DWORD value 'TurnOffSidebar' under the subkey 'Sidebar'.

Right click on the DWORD value 'TurnOffSidebar' under the subkey 'Sidebar' and select 'Modify'.

Finally set the value data as '1' to turn off Windows Sidebar and click 'OK'.

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Category : Display > Desktop

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Do not save changed icon position on desktop (For All Users)

Category : Display > Desktop

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Remove “Active Desktop” item from Settings in the Start menu (For Current User in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting enables you to remove the menu item “Active Desktop” from Settings in the Start menu.

Remove “Active Desktop” item from Settings in the Start menu (For All Users in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting enables you to remove the menu item “Active Desktop” from Settings in the Start menu.

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Category : Display > Desktop

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