Apps Open Widgets in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you different ways to open Widgets in Windows 11.

Widgets are small cards that display dynamic content from your favorite apps and services on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can discover, pin, unpin, arrange, resize, and customize widgets to reflect your interests. Your widgets board is optimized to show relevant widgets and personalized content based on your usage.

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. Say goodbye to constantly switching between apps, 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 your widgets and your news feed. Your pinned widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25262, in the most recent update for Widgets, we are removing the sign-in requirement for the widgets board and making it available for all users. Now, you can now get weather updates on the taskbar, pin widgets from your favorite apps or access personalized dynamic feed without an 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.


Starting with Windows 11 build 22518, Microsoft is trying out showing the Widgets entry point on the left side of your taskbar with live weather content. You can also open the Widgets board by simply hovering over the entry point.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25234 and build 23424, Microsoft is beginning to preview a revamp of the widgets board experience with a larger canvas (3-columns if supported by the device) and dedicated sections for widgets and feed content with a clear separation between them. This will provide users with quick access to glanceable content from their apps and services as well as enable users to take a high-value break with personalized news content.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26058 (Canary and Dev), Microsoft is continuing to evolve the widgets board experience and you can now have more space for your favorite widgets and stay on top of current events with a feed that helps you discover the world around you. With the introduction of the new navigation bar on the left, you can switch between a dedicated widgets dashboard and other integrated dashboards like Discover.

Widgets is not available in Windows 11 SE.


EXAMPLE: Widgets


Option One

Open Widgets Board with Keyboard Shortcut

1 Press the Win + W keys.

Option Two

Open Widgets Board from Taskbar

1 Click/tap on or hover over the Widgets icon on the taskbar.


Option Three

Open Widgets Board with Touch Gesture

1 Swipe with one finger in from the left side edge of your touch screen.


That's it,
Shawn Brink

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