Windows 11’s Widgets Are Exciting: Here’s How to Use Them

Windows 11 has plenty of new features, and the dedicated Widgets panel is one of its key highlights. Widgets can quickly show you various information feeds such as news, weather, and event updates.

With how much Windows 11 radicalized the operating system, how these widgets work is not immediately obvious. As such, read on as we discuss everything you need to know about managing widgets in Windows 11.

What Are Widgets in Windows 11?

The Widgets panel on Windows 11 keeps you connected with local and global events. You can easily keep track of news, weather, traffic, sports, and even the stock market with just one click. Microsoft has also added a OneDrive Photos widget so you can quickly glance at your recent photos stored on the cloud.

The Windows 11 widgets might seem familiar to the Windows Vista and 7's “gadgets.” These gadgets provided news headlines, weather, and available information about CPU usage and RAM. Unfortunately, Microsoft later discontinued gadgets due to security issues.

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

How to Add a Widget 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:

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

Related: How to Use Bluetooth on Windows 11

How to Customize Widgets in Windows 11

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

  1. Launch the Widgets panel by clicking the Widgets icon in the Taskbar or by pressing Win + W.
  2. Hover to the widget you want to customize and click on the three dots icon on the top-right corner.
  3. To resize the widget, you can select one of the available options (Small, Medium, or Large).
  4. Click on Customize widget to see the available customization options for each widget.
  5. Once you’ve set your preferences, click on Done to save the changes.

How to Remove a Widget in Windows 11

It is straightforward to remove a widget from the Widgets panel on Windows 11. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Widgets panel by clicking the Widgets icon in the Taskbar or by pressing Win + W.
  2. Click on the three dots icon of the widget you no longer want.
  3. Finally, click on the Remove widget option to make the widget disappear.

How to Personalize a Newsfeed in Windows 11

The widgets panel in Windows 11 can provide you with the latest news. All of the news content is provided through MSN and Microsoft Edge. You can curate your news feed with your preferred interests in just a few clicks.

To personalize the Widgets panel news feed:

  1. Launch the Widgets panel by clicking the Widgets icon in the Taskbar or by pressing Win + W.
  2. Click on the Add widgets button, and a flyout menu will appear.
  3. Click on Personalize your News Feed to open the available preferences menu in Microsoft Edge.
  4. You can then select your region and preferred news interests. Your news feed will automatically be updated to reflect the selected changes.

Windows 11 Widgets Are Very Exciting

Windows 11 has brought many new features to the forefront, and the Widgets panel is one of the many things we love about it. Microsoft has made the new interface smooth, sleek, and accessible. Above all, we’re impressed with how simple and accessible the redesigned Settings app is on Windows 11.

Author: M. Fahad Khawaja

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