How to add, remove and configure widgets in Windows 11

Windows 11 has one Widget sidebar, which makes it easier to retrieve the information of interest to the user. Would you like to know how to configure them, activate them and change their behavior? We tell you all about it in this guide.

How to enable widget shortcuts in the taskbar

The first step you need to take to start using widgets is to pin their icon to the taskbar. Before we go any further, we need to clarify two things. Firstly, the widgets are included in the taskbar by default. So if you haven’t changed the settings, their icon should be there. And secondly Widgets can be reached with the key combination Windows + Weven if they are not pinned to the taskbar.

When these two points are clear, add them by right-clicking on the taskbar and clicking the button Taskbar settings click

Open taskbar settingsOpen taskbar settings

Activate in section Taskbar ítems die Widgets.

Activate the widgets in the taskbarActivate the widgets in the taskbar

The widget shortcut is then active again in the taskbar.

Direct access to widgetsDirect access to widgets

HClick it to open the left side panel if needed.

Add, remove or configure current widgets

When the appropriate shortcut is present in the taskbar, it’s time to configure this feature for the first time. If you’re using a local account that’s not linked to a Microsoft profile, you have to register for the session. But be careful! If you enter your account here, it will be linked to the entire system. If you don’t want that, you’ll have to stop using Windows 11 widgets.

Link Microsoft accountLink Microsoft account

Otherwise, enter your credentials in the pop-up window.

Sign in to Microsoft accountSign in to Microsoft account

The widgets will now load. To add a new widget use the button Add widgets.

Add widgetsAdd widgets

Add the widgets of your choice and customize your interests using the link below. With this last action you will improve the messages that appear in this area.

Select available widgetsSelect available widgets

Finally, you configure the widgets according to your wishes. All options are available via the three dots button next to each widget.

Edit a widgetEdit a widget

Among the available settings you will find resizing, content adjustments and deleting widgets. The list of options may vary depending on the type of widget.

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