Personalization Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar in Windows 11


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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.

The language and the content that you see on your widgets board is determined by your Windows display language and Country or region settings.

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

Starting with Windows 11 build 22000.527, Microsoft adds weather content to the left side of the taskbar if the taskbar is aligned in the center. When you hover over the weather, the Widgets panel will appear on the left side of the screen and will disappear when you stop hovering over the area.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25136, Microsoft is trying out some changes to bring more dynamic Widgets content to your taskbar. In addition to seeing live content from the weather widget, you’ll also start to see live updates from the sports and finance widgets, along with breaking news alerts. This should make it easier for you to know when something important happens related to these widgets and keep you informed of breaking news. The content is meant to be quick and glanceable with the ability to see more inside the widgets board if you click on it. However, if you don’t interact with the content update the taskbar will return to showing you the weather.

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


Widgets is not available in Windows 11 SE.



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

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Widgets_cloud_button_on_taskbar.jpg





Option One

Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar from Taskbar


This option will not be available for the new Widgets entry point, with weather, on the left side of the 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)

Open Taskbar Settings

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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