Apps Add or Remove Widgets on Widgets Board 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.

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.

You can open a widget’s app or website by selecting the title bar in the upper-left corner of the widget.

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

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.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22000.120, Microsoft is introducing a new Family Safety widget for MSA accounts. It is available in all Windows languages and regions. It allows you to see recent activity from members of your Microsoft family group.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22000.168, Microsoft is introducing the new Microsoft 365 Widget. This widget brings relevant documents, news and meeting recordings (with more to come!) to enterprise users. This widget will only be available if you are signed in with your AAD account on your PC running Windows 11. In a time when information overload is a major concern for most workers, this personalized list will help users stay on top of their work and find the information they need with ease.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22563, Microsoft is trying out some changes in Widgets to bring more dynamic content to your Widgets board, by experimenting with bringing together the widgets and news feed experiences as a dynamic blended feed containing both widgets and news content. This should make it easier for you to discover and engage with new widgets and news content through your feed. With a dynamic feed there’s less of a burden on you to curate the canvas on your own, but you’ll still be able to pin your favorite Widgets to the top if you want.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25174, a new Game Pass widget preview is available. This widget is a window to the extensive PC Game Pass library – it will show the latest additions, games leaving soon, and others from highlighted categories and then take you to the Xbox app where you can install them, see reviews, and go all in.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove widgets on widgets board for your account in Windows 11.


Widgets is not available in Windows 11 SE.

Removing a widget signs you out of its associated app or service.



Contents





Option One

Add Widgets


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Click/tap on the Add widgets (+) icon next to your user profile. (see screenshot below)

Add_Widgets-1.jpg

3 In Widget settings, click/tap on the + (plus) icons for widgets you want to pin to your widgets board. (see screenshot below)

A check mark indicates the widget is already added.


Add_Widgets-2.jpg

4 Close (X) Widget settings when finished. (see screenshot below)

Add_Widgets-3.png




Option Two

Remove Widgets


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Click/tap on the More options (3 dots) button in the upper right corner of the widget you want to remove, and click/tap on Unpin widget. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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It would be nice if there was a way to block all that news crap(and ads).
I tried to find a hosts file list on the net to block Microsofts servers for these, but in this case search results only show tutorials on how to use hosts files:(
 

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It would be nice if there was a way to block all that news crap(and ads).
I tried to find a hosts file list on the net to block Microsofts servers for these, but in this case search results only show tutorials on how to use hosts files:(
Hey Cliff, :-)

I'm not sure about "Top Stories", but you can click on the "X" at the top right corner of each story to hide them.

Hopefully, more control will be available soon.
 

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Hey Cliff, :)

I'm not sure about "Top Stories", but you can click on the "X" at the top right corner of each story to hide them.

Hopefully, more control will be available soon.
Problem is then they show other stuff, I want all news to be gone, and only have my time and weather(I also find the other widgets pretty useless, except TODO, but I try NOT to have a busy life, just work, and go home to my PC:D).
 

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Yes, I had asked about being able to remove all news and just show weather (or whatever) in another thread, but looks like it isn't possible. I wouldn't mind using the widgets, but not if they force the news on us.
 

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Hi Brink.

Can you figure out why the "Sports" widget is even called the "Sports" widget, when it only gives the choice of "Premiere League"?

When I add "Sports", and click the ellipses menu to get to "Customize widget", the only recommended option is Premiere League:
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And from there, searching for a particular team either yields no results, or completely irrelevant results:
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Adjusting settings in "Microsoft Start" has no effect whatsoever:
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Hello @Dzomlija, :-)

I'm seeing the same thing. I suppose it's from being limited right now, and hopefully will have more added in the future.
 

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Thanks, Brink. I guess this is one of those little things that early adopters have to cope with....
 

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Hi Brink.

It's my first time to use Win 11 and I'm so confused, my widget only shows news. there's no search, weather nor option to add widgets. there's no profile picture too at the right top, although it said that I'm already logged in. Did I miss something? is it a limited features for windows 11 pro?

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The only widgets I find useful are those in guinness cans which create the head to be as close to that in a draught pint.
 

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Hi Brink.

It's my first time to use Win 11 and I'm so confused, my widget only shows news. there's no search, weather nor option to add widgets. there's no profile picture too at the right top, although it said that I'm already logged in. Did I miss something? is it a limited features for windows 11 pro?

Hello, :-)

Interesting. What build of Windows 11 do you have installed?

Could be a regional issue of what's available.
 

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@Kyrielle

It looks like you still have an older version of Widgets for some reason despite having the latest build of Windows 11 installed.
 

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