Windows 11 Widgets Are So Fun: Here’s How To Use Them

By | March 16, 2022

Windows 11 widgets are something else, but it takes a little getting used to before you can get the most out of them. Here’s how.

Windows 11 has a lot of new features, and the custom Widgets panel is one of its main highlights. Widgets can quickly display various information feeds such as news, weather, and event updates.

With how much Windows 11 radicalized the operating system, how this widget works is not immediately obvious. Having said that, read on as we cover everything you need to know about managing widgets in Windows 11.

What Are Widgets in Windows 11

The Widgets panel in Windows 11 keeps you in touch with local and global events. You can easily track news, weather, traffic, sports and even stock market with just one click.

Microsoft has also added a OneDrive Photos widget so you can quickly view your most recent photos stored in the cloud.

Windows 11 widgets may seem familiar with Windows Vista and 7 “gadgets.” These gadgets provide headlines, weather, and available information about CPU and RAM usage. Unfortunately, Microsoft later discontinued the gadget due to security issues.

The Widget app is designed to be intuitive, sleek and functional, accessible directly from the Taskbar. It also includes a Bing search bar which will give you search results in a new browser window. Currently, third-party widgets are not available, and the Widgets application only provides content through Microsoft-owned services.

How to Add Widgets in Windows 11

Adding widgets in Windows 11 is a simple and easy process. To add a new widget on your Windows 11 PC or tablet:

  • Launch the Widgets panel by clicking on the Widget icon on the Taskbar or by pressing the button Windows + W.
  • Scroll down and click the button Add widgets to open the flyout menu.
  • Under section Add Widgets, select all the widgets you want to include from the available list, and the existing widgets will be grayed out.
  • The newly selected widget will now appear in the Widgets panel.

How to Customize Widgets in Windows 11

Once you have selected your favorite widget, Windows 11 also makes it possible to customize it according to your preferences. To customize widgets on a Windows 11 PC or tablet:

  • Launch the Widgets panel by clicking on the Widget icon on the Taskbar or by pressing the button Windows + W.
  • Hover over the widget you want to customize and click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner.
  • To resize the widget, you can select one of the available options (Small, Medium, or Large).
  • Click Customize widget to see the customization options available for each widget.
  • Once you have set your preferences, click Done to save changes.

How to Remove Widgets in Windows 11

It’s very easy to remove widgets from the Widgets panel in Windows 11. Here’s how:

  • Launch the Widgets panel by clicking on the Widget icon on the Taskbar or by pressing the button Windows + W.
  • Click the three-dot icon on the widget you no longer want.
  • Finally, click on options Remove widget to remove the widget.

How to Personalize the News Feed in Windows 11

The widget panel in Windows 11 can keep you up to date with the latest news. All news content is provided via MSN and Microsoft Edge. You can organize your newsfeed with your preferred interests in just a few clicks.

To personalize the Widgets panel newsfeed:

  • Launch the Widgets panel by clicking on the Widget icon on the Taskbar or by pressing the button Windows + W.
  • Click button Add widgets, and a flyout menu will appear.
  • Click Personalize your News Feed to open the preferences menu available in Microsoft Edge.
  • You can then select your preferred region and news interest. Your news feed will automatically update to reflect the selected changes.

Windows 11 Widgets Are So Fun

Windows 11 has brought a lot of new features to the fore, and the Widgets panel is one of the many things we love. Microsoft has created a new interface that is smooth, sleek, and accessible. Above all, we were impressed by how simple and accessible it was Redesigned Settings app in Windows 11.

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