How to Get a Calendar & Clock on the Desktop

By Naomi Bolton

Although you can access a calendar and clock from the notification area of the Windows 8.1 desktop taskbar, these items can be displayed more prominently on the desktop via gadgets. The calendar and clock widgets are included with Windows 7, but are not officially supported in Windows 8.1. The only way to revive the desktop calendar and clock gadgets when using Windows 8.1 is through third party downloads that restores the functionality of these gadgets.

Windows 8.1 Desktop Gadgets

Step 1

Download and extract the Desktop Gadgets installer from the Gadgets Revived website (link in Resources). Open the extracted file to initiate the installation process

Step 2

Right-click the desktop after the installation is complete, and select "Gadgets" from the context menu.

Step 3

Click and drag the calendar and clock gadgets from the gadgets window to the desktop.

Step 4

Click the wrench icon next to the clock to customize the time zone and clock name. Click the arrow icon next to the calendar to make the gadget larger.

8Gadgetpack

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of 8Gadgetpack from the 8Gadgetpack website (link in Resources).

Step 2

Select "Desktop" from the Windows 8.1 Start screen and then right-click on an empty area of the desktop.

Step 3

Select "Gadgets" from the context menu and then click and drag the calendar from the gadget window to the desktop. Click and drag the clock from the first page of the gadget window to the desktop, then click "X" to close the gadget window.

Step 4

Right-click the calendar or clock gadget and select "Options" to customize the gadgets to your liking.

Windows 7

Step 1

Right-click a blank area on the desktop and select "Gadgets" from the context menu.

Step 2

Click and drag the calendar and clock gadgets from the gadgets window to the desktop.

Step 3

Click the wrench icon next to the clock to customize the time zone and clock name. Click the arrow icon next to the calendar to make the gadget larger.

Tips & Warnings

  • When using 8Gadgetpack, you can opt for a digital clock and custom calendar from page two of the gadgets window.
  • Following Windows 7, Microsoft officially discontinued the gadgets feature due to security vulnerabilities, which is why third party software is required to activate gadgets in Windows 8. Before installing and activating gadgets, ensure that you are aware of the risks involved.