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How to use the Widgets feature on Windows 11

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Widgets management on Windows 11

With the “Widgets” feature in Windows 11, you can access a variety of informative flyouts, including those with weather, news, sports, stocks, traffic, entertainment, tasks, and family activities, without having to open your phone. If the feature appears familiar, it should, since it has the same concept as Windows 10’s “news and interests” feature. As soon as you click the icon in the Taskbar or use the “Windows key + W” keyboard shortcut, the Widgets board pops out from the left side of the screen. To open the board on a tablet or laptop with a touch screen, swipe from the left edge. In this article, you will learn how to use the Widgets feature on Windows 11. Please see these related guides: How to share an app window on Microsoft Teams, and how to remove a member from Trello Board.

Widgets feature on Windows 11

There are three parts to the board. At the top is the header, which shows the current time and links to the settings. Below that is where you can put your widgets, and at the very bottom is your feed, which won’t be fully customized until you change the settings. The Widgets icon in the Taskbar, which is next to the board, shows the weather with badge notifications and alerts for things like sports, finances, and breaking news.

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How to add and remove widgets on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can add, resize, rearrange, and remove any of the available widgets to make the experience more personal.

Add widgets

To add more widgets to the board, use these steps:

To open Widgets click the widgets icon in the bottom left corner of the screen or press Windows key + W. Click the Plus (+) button next to the profile menu.

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Widgets

Click the Plus (+) button for each widget you want to add.

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Adding Widgets

Resize widget

To change the side of a widget, use these steps:

To open Widgets click the widgets icon in the bottom left corner of the screen or press Windows key + W.

Click the menu (three-dotted) and select one of the available sizes, including small, medium, or large (if available).

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Resize widgets

Once you complete the steps, the widget will change to your selected size.

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Re-arrange widget

To change the location of a widget, use these steps:

To open Widgets click the widget’s icon in the bottom left corner of the screen or press the Windows key + W.

Drag the widget by grabbing the title bar and dropping it in your desired location.

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Rearrange widgets

You can only rearrange your widgets, not the news feed widgets.

Remove widgets

To remove widgets from the board, use these steps:

To open Widgets click the widgets icon in the bottom left corner of the screen or press Windows key + W.

Click the menu (three-dotted) and select the Unpin widget option.

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Unpin widgets

After you complete the steps, the widget will no longer be available on the board. You can only remove your widgets, not the ones in the news feed.

How to manage interests settings for widgets on Windows 11

The news stream shows you stories that are related to what you like. But if you don’t use Microsoft Edge, have a Microsoft account, and use Microsoft Bing, you may need to set your preferences to see content that fits your tastes.

Change widgets interests 

To change the content that appears in the stream, use these steps:

To open Widgets click the widgets icon in the bottom left corner of the screen or press Windows key + W.

Click See more (three-dotted) button and select the Manage interests option which open up in a browser.

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Manage interest

Click the plus sign (+) button for each category you want to see in your feed and click the Block button for the categories you don’t want to see in your feed. The topics you don’t choose any option may or may not appear in the feed.

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Widgets feeds interests

Once you complete the steps, the news stream will update and reflect your changes.

Control widgets stream 

To tweak the type of content you’d like to see in your stream of news, use these steps:

To open Widgets click the widgets icon in the bottom left corner of the screen or press Windows key + W.

In the “Top stories” widget, hover over the story widget, click the menu button for each story and choose the best option to manage your feed. For example, “More stories like this,” “Fewer stories like this,” “Hide stories from,” or “Save for later.” 

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Top story widgets

You can hide stories you don’t like by simply clicking the hide story button.

As you use your feed, it will learn to show you more stories that you are more likely to like. If you want to read a story later, you can access it through your Microsoft account.

How to enable or disable widgets icon in Taskbar on Windows 11

The widgets icon in the Taskbar can show different alerts with animations for sports, finance, breaking news, and the weather. For many people, this can be distracting. If you don’t find this feature useful and keep opening the board by accident when you hover over the icon, you can remove the icon from the Taskbar to reduce distractions.

Follow these steps to turn on or off the Taskbar widgets icon:

To open Settings, press Windows key + I and click on Personalization.

Click the Taskbar page on the right side.

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Personalization Settings

Under the “Taskbar items” section, turn off the Widgets toggle switch to remove the icon from the Taskbar.

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Taskbar Settings

Turn on the Widgets toggle switch to add the icon in the Taskbar.

After you finish the steps, the icon in the Taskbar that shows dynamic content, and the weather will be gone. But if you use the keyboard shortcut “Windows key + W,” you can still get to the flyout.

I hope you find this guide helpful on how to use the Widgets feature on Windows 11. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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