The Sidebar provides a way to display information to which you desire quick and easy access. It is made up of small programs called gadgets that you can add or remove from the Sidebar. The sidebar is only available with Vista. Gadgets can display virtually anything, including weather forecasts, notes, time, news headlines, and stock quotes. Windows comes with default gadgets, but you can download additional gadgets. You can undock gadgets from the Sidebar and place them on the desktop. When you close the Sidebar, the undocked gadgets remain. With Windows 7, the Sidebar has been removed, with all gadgets being freely placed on the desktop.