Personalization Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

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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 (Win+W) is essentially the new version of the News and Interests feature from Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22000.71, Microsoft is introducing a new entertainment widget. The entertainment widget allows you to see new and featured movie titles available in the Microsoft Store. Selecting a movie will direct you to the Microsoft Store to see more information about that title. Just open widgets and click or tap on the “Add widgets” button and choose the entertainment widget.

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

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


It is required to sign in to Widgets with your Microsoft account to use.



Contents

  • Option One: Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar from Taskbar
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar in Settings
  • Option Three: Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar using REG file


EXAMPLE: Widgets in Windows 11
Widgets_in_Windows_11.jpg






OPTION ONE

Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar from Taskbar


1 Right click or press and hold on the Widgets button on the taskbar. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Hide from taskbar.

Unpin_Widgets_in_Windows_11.jpg






OPTION TWO

Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I). (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Widgets_Settings-1.png

3 Turn On (default) or Off Widgets for what you want on the right side under Taskbar items. (see screenshots below)

Widgets_Settings-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION THREE

Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar using REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

TaskbarDa DWORD

0 = Remove
1 = Add


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Add Widgets Button on Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_Widgets_button_on_taskbar_in_Windows_11.reg



3 To Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_Widgets_button_on_taskbar_in_Windows_11.reg



4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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