Skip to main content

How to add or remove Windows 11 Widgets

How to add or remove Windows 11 Widgets
Microsoft Surface Go 3 (Image credit: Microsoft)

Widgets were previously available in Windows Vista and Windows 7 under the name Gadgets. Microsoft then made it unavailable on Windows 8 and all Windows OS that came after. But now, they’re coming back for another tour of duty in Windows 11

So, what makes Windows 11’s Widgets different from its previous iterations? First, it addressed security concerns that got the previous Gadgets booted in the first place. This new version of Widgets also has all your widgets in their own menu on your Taskbar. On Vista and Windows 7, Widgets were displayed on the right side of your desktop.

Using widgets allows you to once again view everything from productivity apps, to weather, traffic, and news at a glance and from your preferred location. All of this can be accomplished in just a few clicks.

How to use Windows 11’s Widgets

As of writing, the current version of Windows 11’s Widgets offers little for you to do besides adding and deleting widgets. Nevertheless, the currently available widgets are helpful. Read the guide below to learn how to use them.

How to open Windows 11’s Widgets

1. To open your Widgets menu, click on the Widgets button on your Taskbar. 

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

2. If the Widgets button is hidden on your Taskbar, right-click your Taskbar and select Taskbar settings.

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

3. Under the Taskbar items section, turn on Widgets. After which, you can retry step one again.

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

How to add Widgets

1. Click the Widgets button on your Taskbar to open the Widgets menu. 

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

2. Click the Add widgets button to view all available widgets. Currently, the available widgets include Weather, Family Safety, Watchlist (Stocks), Outlook Calendar, To Do, Photos, Tips, Sports, Traffic, Entertainment, and Esports. 

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

3. Add your chosen widget by clicking on the plus button beside the widget’s name. You can now view your new widget whenever you open your Widgets menu. 

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

How to remove Widgets

1. Click the Widgets button on your Taskbar to open the Widgets menu. 

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

2. Click the More options button at the upper-right corner of the widget you wish to remove. This menu lets you change the size of your widget, customize its content, and remove it.

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

3. Select Remove widget. And there you have it; your widget is now gone from your Widgets menu.