Apps Open Widgets 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.

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.

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

Widgets is not available in Windows 11 SE.


EXAMPLE: Widgets


Option One

Open Widgets with Keyboard Shortcut

1 Press the Win + W keys.

Option Two

Open Widgets from Taskbar

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


Option Three

Open Widgets 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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