Most of the updates in Windows 11 are cosmetic like UI changes and other various upgrades in design. These upcoming major update wraps Windows in a whole new avatar to help you accomplish your tasks more creatively. However, in many ways, it works similar to Windows 10.
One of the newly introduced user-friendly features is Widgets. You can view it by launching the Widgets panel from the taskbar. The Widgets panel brings you information from various sources and apps. It provides you with a space where you can add useful widgets such as weather, calendar, to-do list, photos, sports, news, etc. and more to stay connected with events across the globe.
In this article, we will illustrate how to access widgets, add or remove, resize or rearrange them, and customize the widget content in the Widgets panel.
Widgets in Windows 11 comparison
Unlike the old widgets back in Windows 8, the new Windows 11 Widgets won’t be in your face all the time. You will need to open the Widgets board manually to view the widgets. Conveniently, it will be closed on its own once you click on an area other than the widgets.
When an OS adds widgets, it makes them easy to access. Yet, keep them out of the way of everything else. A widget is useful because it can be navigated with ease but users are seldom willing to sacrifice easy access areas on the screen for widgets.
How to access Widgets
You can navigate the Widgets panel from the Widget button on Taskbar. Other than that you can just press the Windows + W keyboard shortcut. As for touch screen devices, you can swipe the left edge of your screen to the right to immediately open the widgets panel.
Once you click the button, the panel will open and you can scroll through your widgets. When you click outside this panel, it will close automatically.
How to add widgets in Windows 11
Windows 11 widgets board will only have in-built Weather, Photos, Sports and Watchlist widgets. To add more widgets follow the given instructions.
1. Open Widgets by clicking the widgets button on the taskbar. Or press Win + W keys.
2. Scroll down to the end of the widgets and click Add widgets. Or go to profile picture to open settings.
3. Under Add Widgets, hit the plus sign next to any widget to add it.
4. Add your required widgets from the list available.
5. A Tick symbol next to a widget indicates that the task has been accomplished.
6. Click the close button at the top right to return to the widgets panel.
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How to remove a widget in Windows 11
Once a widget is added, the widget will be greyed out in the widget settings and you will not be able to click on it. Here’s how you can remove a widget from the widgets board.
1. Click the Widgets button on the taskbar to open the Widgets panel.
2. Click the more options button (triple dots icon) at the top right corner of the widget you wish to remove.
3. Click Remove widget in the menu.
A removed widget will be reset in the widget settings.
Widgets are affiliated to their respective apps installed on Windows 11. Removing a widget will not uninstall it. If you want to uninstall a widget, find out which app added it, and uninstall the app.
How to resize widgets in Windows 11
You can change the size of the widgets just like the resize option is available for the Start menu tiles in Windows 10. Here’s how you can resize already added widgets.
1. Open the Widget panel.
2. Click the more options button (triple dots icon) at the top right corner of the widget you wish to resize.
3. Then, select a size you prefer for the particular widget.
For now, the option of manually resize to a specific custom size outside of the 3 available sizes is not possible. Most widgets support three sizes – Small, Medium and Large, while some supports only Medium and Large.
How to move widgets in Windows 11
To rearrange widgets on the Widget panel, follow this:
1. Left click and hold on a widget.
2. Slide your cursor to move the widget to the desired placement.
The widgets will automatically snap into each other in fixed grids on the board in the order decided.
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Microsoft has tried this feature in the previous version but it was a fail. Unlike in Windows 8, the new Windows 11 Widgets won’t be in your face all the time. You will need to open the Widgets board manually to view the widgets. Conveniently, it will be closed on its own once you click on an area other than the widgets.