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Open Widgets in Windows 11

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic info on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can add, remove, arrange, resize, and customize them to reflect your interests and the way you work. Widgets help you stay on top of what’s important to you by bringing together personalized content from your favorite apps and services so you can have the latest info at a glance throughout your day. So say goodbye to constantly switching between apps and devices and websites—now you can stay connected to the things you care about without losing focus on your most important tasks.

Your widgets board consists of two sections: your widgets and your news feed. Your widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets. The following sections describe how to use the widgets board.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

Updated content will appear in your news feed when there is new content to show that meets your personalization settings. Your news feed learns about you over time, so you might not always see changes right away. Signing in to Windows 11 and Microsoft Edge with the same Microsoft account will help ensure your news feed personalization is available across Widgets, apps, and devices.

This tutorial will show you different ways to open Widgets in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Widgets Feature in Windows 11

Widgets bring you closer to information you both want and need. Just click on the widgets icon on the Taskbar, swipe from the left using touch, or hit Win + W on your keyboard, and your widgets slide out from the left over your desktop. You can personalize your experience by adding or removing widgets, re-arranging, resizing, and customizing the content. The set of widgets we provide currently focus on your calendar, weather, local traffic, your Microsoft To Do lists, your photos from OneDrive, sports and esports, your stock watchlist, and tips.

In addition to your Widgets, you can stay up to date with an integrated feed of personalized news with the latest content from over 4,500 global brands like, The New York Times or BBC. The news feed will adapt to show stories of interest to you, and you can tune it to see more of the content you care about.

Widgets opens on the left side of the display, and cannot be moved around or resized. Widgets appear at the top above stories.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the widgets feature for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a Widgets button that shows on the taskbar by default, but can be removed.

You can open Widgets either by the Widgets button on the taskbar, swipe in from the left of the display, or Win + W keyboard shortcut. Widgets opens on the left side of the display, and cannot be moved around or resized.

Widgets (Win+W) is essentially the new version of the News and Interests feature from Windows 10. It includes the same news, weather, sports, and finance updates, but does not show the current weather on the Widgets button.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Widgets button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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