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The Argos beta Widget

The Argos beta widget is a trial widget that offers you a quick and easy way to access the key features of Argos.co.uk, including:

  • Search our complete product range
  • Showcase of our latest offers
  • Check the latest price and stock availability at your local store or for home delivery
  • A gift finder

Download the Argos beta Widget


Add our Widget to your iGoogle PageAdd to your iGoogle page

1. If you don’t already have one, you will need to sign up for a Google account* if you wish to add this widget to your iGoogle page.

*Argos.co.uk is not responsible for the content of external websites. This link will open in a new window.

2. Once you have a Google account, return to this page, select the ‘Add to your iGoogle page’ link – the widget will then be automatically added to your iGoogle page and will remain there unless you choose to remove it.




Download our Widget to your Vista desktopAdd to your Vista desktop or side bar

1. Select the ‘Download to your Vista desktop’ link to download the Argos beta widget to your machine.

2. A pop-up window will appear asking whether you would like to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the item. Select ‘Open’

3. A message may appear informing you that “A website wants to open web content using this program on your computer”. Select ‘Allow’

4. On the next pop-up window that appears click on ‘Install’ to install the widget to your Gadget sidebar



Frequently Asked Questions

What is a widget?
A widget is a small, simple application that can sit on your desktop (if you use Vista) or within your iGoogle page. The Argos beta widget provides quick access to some of the key elements of the Argos.co.uk website (i.e. search, latest offers, price & stock checker and gift finder) Widgets are also sometimes referred to by various other names, e.g. Google call them “Gadgets”.

Where can I use the Argos beta widget?
Our widget has been designed for use on your iGoogle page or to sit on your Vista desktop or sidebar

What is iGoogle?
iGoogle is a more personal way to use Google.com. It is a free service and, once you’ve created your own account, allows you to customise your Google page anyway you like, by adding your favourite themes and gadgets from across the web.

Which browsers can I use the widget with?
The Argos beta widget has been developed to work with the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari

How do I keep my Argos beta widget up to date?

If you have added the Argos beta widget to your iGoogle page, any change we make to the widget (e.g. the addition of new features) will be updated automatically, either when you connect to the Internet or when your browser refreshes.

If you have added the Argos beta widget to you Vista sidebar, you will be notified when a new version of the widget is available via a ‘flyout’ window when you start using the widget.  The ‘flyout’ window will include a link back to this Customer Services page where you will be able to download the new widget.
Note: Don’t forget to delete the ‘old’ version of the widget before you try and download the new one.

How do I delete the widget?
If at any time you no longer want to access the widget then follow the instructions on I-Google or Vista for removal.


My computer is warning me that a program wants permission to download

For security reasons Vista blocks certain items from being downloaded. This default setting can be overridden by carrying out the following steps:

  1. Select the download link to download the Argos beta widget to your machine.
    Download to your Vista desktop
  2. A popup window will appear asking whether you would like to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the item: Select the ‘Open’ option and click on the ‘Save’ button
  3. Locate the ‘argosvista.gadget’ file from the download location. By default, Vista will download the file to the following location: C:/Users/Downloads/
    Note: The ‘Users’ folder will be named after your windows logon name.
  4. Right click on ‘argosvista.gadget’ and select the ‘Properties’ file from the dropdown menu.
  5. Within the ‘General’ tab, click on the ‘Unblock’ option (if present) and click the Apply button.
  6. Now double (left mouse) click on the ‘argosvista.gadget’ and select the ‘Install’ option from the popup window.
  7. The widget should now load to your Gadget sidebar.

I am seeing error messages when I try to use the widget
The widget has to be able to connect with our website. If this is not possible due to there being no active connection to the internet, or our website is unavailable then error messages will be displayed. Please check your connection, or in the case of our website being unavailable, try again a little later.

I want to add the widget to other sites or operating systems
The Argos beta widget has been initially developed initially for iGoogle and Vista. Other formats may be added in the future.