How to add weather and temperature to a desktop

Written by amanda c. kooser
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How to add weather and temperature to a desktop
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The Internet has provided an opportunity to stay up-to-date with real-time weather conditions across the globe. You can keep an eye on the weather by visiting a weather-specific website, or you can keep tabs on conditions at all times by downloading weather and temperature software to your desktop. The information will be at your fingertips at all times without having to navigate to a separate site.

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    Download a desktop weather program. These are available as standalone applications from sources such as or WeatherBug. Click on the "Download" button. Another option is to add a weather gadget to a customisable desktop program such as Google Desktop or the Windows Vista Sidebar.

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    Install the program by double-clicking on the downloaded set-up file. Follow the installation wizard instructions until it is completed. If you are adding a gadget to an existing desktop program, follow the instructions for the individual program to add a weather feature. For example, in Windows Vista Sidebar, click on the plus sign at the top to view the Gadget Gallery. Select the Weather gadget by double-clicking it to add it to the sidebar.

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    Customise your location for accurate weather, temperature and alerts. The new program will prompt you to supply your city name or Postcode during the set-up. Most desktop weather programs include a temperature reading in your task bar in the lower right corner of the desktop. Double-click this to access the full program and view complete weather updates.

Tips and warnings

  • Desktop weather programs differ in the amount of weather information given and the way it is presented. Try out different programs to find a good fit for your needs.

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