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Windows Gadgets You Must Have As a Writer for HubPages

Updated on December 13, 2016

© 2011 by Aurelio Locsin

Windows 7 gadgets are small applications that sit on your desktop for instant access. As a writer, I rely on many of these goodies to help my writing easier and more efficient, especially for HubPages. Check them out and you may find a few that you can use. These are all available from the Windows Gadget Gallery with a simple search. But when possible, I’ve including direct links to their developers, to get around the HubPages restriction on putting too many links to one site.


Ultimate Explorer

Ultimate Explorer lets you search up to 50 different sites from one location. It covers such pages as Google, Amazon, eBay, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Wikipedia. You enter your term in the Search box, choose a search location from a dropdown and click the Search button. The results appear in your browser window, which automatically opens up.



Need to find the meaning of an unfamiliar world? Or maybe you’d like to find a better synonym for the idea you’re thinking about? Then Dictionary can provide the answers. You use one Search box and click instantly between thesaurus and dictionary. Answers appear in a flyout window, so it’s browser independent. However, you can’t add new words, nor change the appearance of the gadget.


Minimalist Notepad

Minimalist Notepad offers a small area where you can make quick notes. You can control the gadget size, background color, font name and font size. But you can’t print or save from the application. However, you can copy the text and paste it to your word processor, if you want to turn your notes into a full article.



PowerDo keeps your ToDo list front and center, and allows you to enter tasks, make notes for them, assign them priorities and enter due dates. You can even sort your list by priority or due date. You can specify whether to keep finished tasks and move them to the end of the list, or delete them, so they don’t clutter up the window. An Auto-Export exports your list to a text file for processing by other applications.



As the name implies, MiniBrowser is a miniature browser that is compatible with Internet Explorer. However, it memorizes and displays a specific position on a webpage. This avoids having to open up a full-page browser just to check a small part of it. Use it to display specific information such your mail inbox, radio controls, weather reports, or a live webcam. Options include window size, whether to show status and address bars, and specifying how often to reload the page.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Aurelio, a very useful list of gadgets. I think i like the Ultimate Explorer the best. I'll download it and check it out.

      Voted up & useful.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love gadgets and these sound like some pretty good ones.. Thanks for sharing. Vote up

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      Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the information! I am going to go and find these on my computer. I think they will be very helpful!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Really good information! I have to say I don't use many gadgets, but I am definately going to try some of these. Thank you for sharing these! Voted up and useful!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      These all seem to be very useful gadgets which I have never used. Thanks for the information! Voted up and sharing.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I never knew about these, I always go around the long way! lol! thanks this is so helpful, cheers nell

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks for the information! Anything that saves time is good news. Up and useful.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Great tips!!!! I will start using some of these for sure. Voted up and Shared!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Whatever in the world would we do without you??? I'm sorry I never saw this Hub before.

      I'd like to have these gadgets! You are the greatest!

      I voted it UP, and will certainly share so others may read this.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Other than the dictionary, I had never even heard of these gadgets. These sound helpful especially the Ultimate Explorer one. Will have to check that and other ones out. Thanks! You are so generous to share your expertise with those of us who are less knowledgable. Voted up, useful and tweeting + sharing with my followers.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I totally shared this with Micah! Voted up and quite useful!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      alocsin--This is a neat hub. Great information. I like gadgets that are helpful. I'm going to have to check some of these out. Voted up and many other votes!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, I'm glad that your operating system supports a to-do list. I find that very useful myself.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I don't run Windows either. I don't like a lot of gadgets. I came to read your ideas but none of them appealed to me, except the to-do list. But, I keep one ongoing list on my desktop and just add and remove things from it as I go along.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd lend you mine, nicomp, but I can't find it ;)

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Very cool. Can you find me a content generator, like a human brain? :)

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      Mohamed Emad 6 years ago

      i cant find or download the Minimalist Notepad!!!

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Good hub for Windows users. The gadgets are really handy.

      I gave up Windows years back (although a copy remains in my system somewhere, gathering dust lol). I moved to linux, but still get addicted to all the desktop gadgets - they make life much easier :-)

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      fantastic hub...great tools in one location...thanks

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Let me know how they work for you Joe.

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      Joe Bricky 6 years ago from Northern Nevada

      This is awesome. Gonna grab a few of those right now.

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      Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub. You put a lot of useful information in this one. Thanks again Alocsin.