MetroSidebar – great sidebar with widgets for Windows 8 and 8.1
If you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, you must have noticed that these versions of the OS missing desktop gadgets, which Microsoft abandoned in favor of live tiles. At the time it caused an uproar among users. However, the software giant decided that gadgets are no longer needed, and the aforementioned tiles provide information in much more efficient way and not interfere with the overall aesthetics of the operating system.
Desktop gadgets that debuted in Windows Vista, and was later transferred to Windows 7 is a small and handy tool that allows you to place on your desktop weather information, processor time, clock, notes, etc. last year, we wrote how to get back gadgets in Windows 8 and not long ago I talked about how to get them back in Windows 8.1 using third-party solutions. MetroSidebar is another app that was created for this purpose. Unlike its counterparts, this application is completely in the style of Modern UI interface, which makes it unusual and very beautiful. Details below.
As mentioned above, the distinguishing feature of app is its design. Interface MetroSidebar adheres to the aesthetics of the new Metro UI, giving each widget in the form of live tiles but the desktop. At the time of writing this review, the app has a tile with the weather, the tile with information about the battery status, the tile clock, tile with a Bing search, the tile with the power settings, the tile clock, tile slideshow, music player and several shortcuts, including a shortcut to start control panel. After installation of the sidebar is automatically hidden in the right part of the screen, but the settings allow you to make sure that he was always on the desktop.
MetroSidebar is very interactive app. For example, to switch between the current weather and upcoming weather, please click on the weather tile. In addition, MetroSidebar allows you to instantly open the Computer, recycle Bin, control Panel etc., using the tiles on the quick launch. It should also be noted that on the sidebar, you can pin as many tiles as you want, because this panel consists of several pages. When all the pages are filled with tiles, the app will automatically create a new one. To switch between the pages provided by pagination (dots in the lower part of the sidebar).
Of course, you can change the color of the tiles, move them up/down, and delete unnecessary. To do this, you must first press the button with the pencil icon in the lower left corner of the interface, and then just hover the mouse cursor over the desired tile and you will see four buttons relating to the aforementioned actions.
To add more tiles, you need to click on the small button with the gear icon, and then select «Add Tiles» from the context menu. A window that allows you to add tiles, contains an empty tab, «Online», that allows to assume that in future versions of the app extra tiles can be downloaded from the Internet.
The app is available for free. By the way, during testing, which was carried out on Windows 8.1 Pro, I noticed that MetroSidebar does not support multi-monitor configuration. Everything else works fine.