How to Add or Remove Widgets in Windows 11

I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed a customizable widget option on my Windows PC. And fortunately for me, Windows 11 comes with an entire collection of widgets that you are free to access, add, remove, rearrange and customize.

How to Enable or Disable Windows 11 Widgets

The collection of widgets available on Windows 11 is already big (and growing) and will bring you a host of information from various aggregators, allowing you to stay up to date with global and local events around the globe.

Among others, you’ll find a to-do widget, a weather widget, a finance widget, a very helpful traffic widget, and integration with a lot of Microsoft tools (including Microsoft Drive) among other things.

Note: For all the customization options available, there is no way (currently) to configure the Widgets section to open anywhere else than the left side of the display. The main window cannot be moved or resized and your widgets always appeared above the Stories section.

On top of this, you’ll notice an AI-curated list of news that is entirely based on your interests.

UPDATE: Once you update to Windows 10 Build 22000.71 or higher, you’ll also be able to access the entertainment Widget – This will allow you to see the newly featured movies available within the Microsoft Store. If you click on a movie, it will direct you to the dedicated MS Store listing where you can view more information above it.

You can open the Widget tab by clicking on the dedicated icon from the taskbar, or you can press Windows + W to open instantly.

Opening the Widget tab

How to Add or Remove Widgets on Windows 11

Adding or removing widgets on Windows 11 is as straightforward as it gets. You will only need to use UI and you’ll have complete control over the modifications that you do.

Follow one of the sub-guides below to either add or remove widgets on Windows 11:

How to Add Widgets on Windows 11

  1. Open the Widgets tab either by clicking on the dedicated taskbar icon or by pressing the Windows key + W key.
    Opening the Widget tab
  2. Inside the Widgets tab, scroll down through the module and click on the Add widgets button located in the middle of the window.
    Adding Widgets
  3. Next, decide on which widget\s you want to add and click (or tap) on the + (plus) icon to automatically add it to your existing lineup of widgets.
    Adding a new widget to the exiting lineup
  4. Once you are finished with the widgets modifications, click on the X icon in the top-right corner of the screen to close the Widget Settings screen and save the changes that you just did.

How to Remove Widgets on Windows 11

  1. Open up the Widgets tab by clicking on the dedicated taskbar icon or by pressing Windows key + W.
    Opening the Widget tab
  2. Once you’re inside the Widgets page, click on the 3 dots icon associated with the widget you want to remove, then click or tap on Remove widget.
    Removing the Widget

Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.