Windows 11 comes with a new feature known as “Widgets”, which is designed to provide different types of information. For example, weather, news, sports, actions, traffic, entertainment, Microsoft To-Do tasks, and family safety activities without reaching your phone for the same information.
The experience is similar to the “news and interests” feature already available on Windows 10. However, instead of flying off the taskbar, the new feature has a different interface and flies off the left side of the desktop. screen.
In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll dive deep into the new Widgets experience.
Windows 11 Widget
Under Windows 11, the Widgets dashboard is accessible by clicking on the dedicated “Widgets” button available in the taskbar or by using the Windows key + W keyboard shortcut. (If you’re using a touch-sensitive device, you can also swipe up from the left edge of the screen to open the feature.)
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When you open the dashboard, the interface slides across the desktop taking the full height and almost half of the screen with an interface that matches the new design language of Windows 11, including rounded corners and frosted glass bottom.
At the top, the dashboard shows you the current time and the search box is there for searching the web with Bing using Microsoft Edge. Moreover, the interface has two main parts, the widgets section and the custom AI-powered feed to serve up endless content to keep you informed.
You can click and drag the widgets to rearrange them. You can click on the three-dot menu (More options) to change their size or remove a specific widget, and depending on the widget, you’ll find other options to customize the experience.
If you want to customize the dashboard, you can click on the “Add Widgets” button or click on the profile button at the top right of the screen.
You can add or remove widgets on the page, and you can sign in with your Microsoft account to get a more personalized experience.
Microsoft can always bring more widgets to Windows 11, but at the time of writing, you can select item widgets, including:
- Watchlist – Displays information about actions.
- Traffic – Displays current traffic information based on your location.
- Esports – Presents information about gambling sports.
- Time – Displays the current weather information based on your location, and you click on the widget, the forecast will open in the browser.
- To do – Displays tasks from your Microsoft task lists.
- Tips – Surfaces tips for using Windows 11.
- Sports – Displays the results and schedules of matches.
- Entertainment – View trending movies and click on each item to open the Microsoft Store with different ways to purchase the movie.
- Family security – Shows recent activity for family group members in your Microsoft account.
- Outlook Calendar – Shows upcoming events in the calendar.
- Pictures – Displays a slideshow of the images stored in your OneDrive account.
The second section is where the news widgets are located. You can’t rearrange these items, but you can click the three-dot button to open the “View more” menu to scroll the content up or down to tell the feed you want more or less. stories on the same subject. If you don’t like a particular media, you can choose the option “Hide articles from”.
You can also add comments, react by adding an emoji, and tag the story for later viewing. Stories you save will be collected on the “My Saves” page of your MSN account.
If you want to further customize your feed, you can click on the profile button in the upper right corner and click on the “Manage your news and interests” option to go to the “My interests” page to follow or no longer follow. the contents.
Remove Widget button from the taskbar
Since you can access the widget dashboard faster using a keyboard shortcut or swipe gesture, you can remove the dedicated button from the taskbar by right-clicking it and by selecting the button Hide from taskbar option.
You can also add or remove the button from Settings > Customization > Taskbar and turn on or off the Widgets toggle switch under the “Taskbar Items” section.
Functionality is part of the system. Therefore, there is no option to turn it off completely. You can only remove the button from the taskbar. However, signing out of your Microsoft account will disable all dashboard widgets.
Overall, the intent of the Widgets dashboard is good, but there are things Microsoft could have done differently. For example, you are limited to widgets provided by the company, you must be signed in with a Microsoft account to use it, and some tasks such as changing settings and viewing content require you to exit the experience and to use the web browser.
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