Once installed, the data source becomes queryable directly from Windows Explorer.
Windows Explorer features, such as previews and thumbnails, work with the results of a federated search as well.
Several new features for gadgets were introduced, including new desktop context menu options to access gadgets and hide all active gadgets, high DPI support, and a feature that can automatically rearrange a gadget based on the position of other gadgets.
For original equipment manufacturers and enterprises, Windows 7 natively supports the ability to customize the wallpaper that is displayed during user login.
In addition to aggregating multiple storage locations, Libraries enable Arrangement Views and Search Filter Suggestions.Windows 7 retains the Windows Aero graphical user interface and visual style introduced in the operating system's predecessor, Windows Vista, but many areas have seen enhancements.Unlike Windows Vista, window borders and the taskbar do not turn opaque when a window is maximized when Windows Aero is active; instead, they remain translucent.Arrangement Views allow you to pivot your view of the library's contents based on metadata.For example, selecting the "By Month" view in the Pictures library will display photos in stacks, where each stack represents a month of photos based on the date they were taken.Windows Explorer has received numerous minor enhancements that improve its overall functionality.The Explorer's search box and the address bar can be resized.For example, selecting the "tags" filter or typing "tags:" into the search box will display the list of possible tag values which will return search results.Arrangement Views and Search Filter Suggestions are database-backed features which require that all locations in the Library be indexed by the Windows Search service.In addition to providing options to customize colors of window chrome and other aspects of the interface, including the desktop background, desktop icons, mouse cursors, and sound schemes, the operating system also includes a native desktop slideshow feature.A new theme pack extension has been introduced, The default theme included with Windows 7 is a namesake theme, and consists of a single desktop wallpaper named "Harmony" and the default desktop icons, mouse cursors, and sound scheme introduced in Windows Vista; however, none of the desktop backgrounds included with Windows Vista are present in Windows 7.