How to Display Weather on the Desktop

By Anne Hirsh

With Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced the ability to add self-updating and interactive items to your desktop. With the Vista and 7 operating systems, you have access to multiple Windows and third-party "gadgets" that stay open on your desktop to keep you up-to-date in your areas of interest. Weather gadgets stay updated whenever you are connected to the Internet, refreshing their data periodically to keep current. Windows gadgets are not available for the XP operating system, but some third-party software manufacturers offer updates that will allow your XP desktop to accept gadgets like Vista. Use third-party applications only from sources you trust; they may not be fully compatible with Windows, and some may contain malicious software.

Step 1

Connect your computer to the Internet.

Step 2

Right-click on your desktop in Windows 7 or your sidebar in Windows Vista and choose "Add gadget."

Step 3

Click "Find more gadgets" or the similar option on your system.

Step 4

Type "weather" into the search bar once the gadget gallery page loads and click "Gallery" to search the gadget gallery.

Step 5

Click on any weather gadget that looks interesting to find out more about it. Consider the user ratings, which will tell you how well the gadget has worked for other users.

Step 6

Select the gadget you want to use and click "Download." Click "Install" to confirm the installation.

Step 7

Double-click the downloaded file once it finishes downloading. It may be in the "Downloads" folder under "Documents" if you have not set a different location for downloaded files.

Step 8

Follow any on-screen prompts to install the gadget.

Step 9

Right-click your sidebar or desktop again and select "Add gadget." Locate your new weather gadget in the gallery and double-click it to add it to your desktop. In Vista, you can drag it from the sidebar to any location on your desktop.

Step 10

Right-click the gadget to access the options so you can set the weather location of your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • To install weather gadgets for multiple locations, repeat the final two steps for each location.
  • Your computer may already contain a weather gadget in the built-in gallery. If so, try this gadget before downloading other weather options; it may work best with your system.