Windows 11 has introduced a ‘Widgets’ panel that brings you a host of information from various sources and apps. You can access the Widgets panel from the Taskbar icon, or by just pressing the
Windows + W keyboard shortcut.
Widgets can help you stay connected with events, both local and across the globe. It has weather, sports, traffic, a to-do list, photos from Microsoft Drive amongst others. Apart from the widget, you have curated news based on your interests.
Windows 11 also allows you to add or remove widgets, resize and rearrange them, and customize the widget content in the Widgets panel. Let’s see how you do it all.
Add a Widget in Windows 11
Adding or removing widgets on Windows 11 is pretty simple. Before you proceed, identify the widgets that you want to add or remove based on your requirement and interest.
First, either click on the ‘Widgets’ icon in the Taskbar or press
WINDOWS + W to launch the Widgets.
To add a Widget, click on the profile icon at the top-right corner, or the ‘Add Widgets’ option.
Now, the ‘Widget settings’ window will launch and all the available widgets will be listed. The ones that are already added will have a tick next to them while the remaining will have a plus sign. Click on the plus sign next to a widget to add it.
Remove a Widget in Windows 11
Many of you might have added a lot of widgets out of excitement and would want to delete them. Also, it’s recommended that you keep only the relevant widgets and keep the space clean for clarity.
To remove a widget, click on the ellipsis at the top-right corner of the one you want to remove.
Next, select ‘Remove widget’ from the drop-down menu.
Customize Widgets in Windows 11
The widgets on Windows 11 can be customized as per your requirements, and show what you want to see. Let’s see how you can customize a widget. We will take up a few examples to help you get acquainted with the concept.
To customize a widget, click on the ellipsis at the top-right corner of it and select ‘Customize Widget’ from the drop-down menu.
When you customize the sports widget, it asks you to search for a team or a league to follow up with the score. Search for it in the ‘Search box’, select it, and then click on ‘Done’ at the bottom to save the changes.
When you customize the Weather widget, you are asked to search for a location/city or have Windows auto-detect it, and select the ‘Units’ for temperature. Once done, click on ‘Save’ at the bottom.
When you customize the Traffic widget, you have the option to either auto-detect your location specify one. If you select the checkbox for ‘Specify default location, search and add one, and click ‘Save’ at the bottom.
The other widgets too offer customizations that are in line with the name of the widget. Try them out once and you will get a hang of it.
Resize Widgets in Windows 11
When it comes to resizing, Windows 11 offers you three size options, Small, Medium, or Large. However, change the size only affects the length of the widget tile and not its width. This can be construed as a drawback by many.
To resize the widget, first, click on the ellipsis at its top-right corner.
The first three options in the menu are to customize the size of the widget, select the desired option. The current size will have a dot before.
Rearrange Widgets in Windows 11
You can easily rearrange the widgets and place the ones you frequently use at the top or as desired.
To rearrange the widgets, hover the cursor to the top of any widget and the cursor will change to an open white hand. Now, hold and drag the widget to the required position. While dragging, the cursor will change to a closed white hand.
After you have moved the widget to the required position, release the mouse button. The other widgets will also be rearranged accordingly.
You are now well-versed with the concept of Widgets on Windows 11 and the various available options and customizations. Explore them all and make the most out the feature. It’s surely going to enhance your Windows experience.