Apps Personalize News Feed on Widgets Board 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 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.

This tutorial will show you how to personalize your news feed on the widgets board for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Add and Remove Interests to Follow in News Feed on Widgets Board
  • Option Two: Add and Remove Sources (Publishers) to Follow in News Feed on Widgets Board
  • Option Three: Hide and Unhide Stories from Publisher in News Feed on Widgets Board
  • Option Four: Hide Story (article) to Remove from News Feed on Widgets Board
  • Option Five: See "More stories like this" or "Fewer stories like this" in News Feed on Widgets Board




Option One

Add and Remove Interests to Follow in News Feed on Widgets Board


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Click/tap on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the widgets board. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Personalize your interests link in Widget settings to open the My Interests page in Microsoft Edge. (see screenshot below)

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4 Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you want.

5 Add Interests to Follow in your News Feed on Widgets Board

A) Select a topic (ex: "News") you want under Discover Interests in the left pane. (see screenshot below)​

B) Select (check) any interests you want to follow on your news feed.​

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6 Remove Interests to Stop Following in your News Feed on Widgets Board

A) Click/tap on Followed interests in the left pane. (see screenshot below)​

B) Unselect (uncheck) any interests you no longer want to follow on your news feed.​

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Option Two

Add and Remove Sources (Publishers) to Follow in News Feed on Widgets Board


The ability to follow publishers and tune your feed is currently only available for English speakers in the US.


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Click/tap on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the widgets board. (see screenshot below)

Widgets_setting-1.jpg

3 Click/tap on the Personalize your interests link in Widget settings to open the My Interests page in Microsoft Edge. (see screenshot below)

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4 Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you want.


 5. Add Sources (Publishers) to Follow in your News Feed on Widgets Board

A) Click/tap on Tune your feed in the left pane. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap on (check) any publishers (ex: "Fox News") you want to follow, and click/tap on Done when finished. (see screenshot below)​

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C) Click/tap See my stories. (see screenshot below)​

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 6. Remove Sources (Publishers) to Stop Following in your News Feed on Widgets Board

A) Click/tap on Followed Sources in the left pane. (see screenshot below)​

B) Unselect (uncheck) any sources you no longer want to follow on your news feed.​

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Option Three

Hide and Unhide Stories from Publisher in News Feed on Widgets Board


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Do step 3 (hide) or step 4 (unhide) below for what you want.


 3. Hide Stories from Publisher

A) Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button in the lower-right corner of a news story you want, and click/tap on Hide stories from <publisher>. (see screenshot below)​

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B) Click/tap Hide to confirm. (see screenshot below)​

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 4. Unhide Stories from Publisher

A) Open the My Interests page in Microsoft Edge, and sign in with your account if not already.​

B) Click/tap on Hidden Sources in the left pane, and click/tap on Unhide for the source (publisher) you want. (see screenshot below)​

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C) Click/tap Confirm. (see screenshot below)​

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Option Four

Hide Story (article) to Remove from News Feed on Widgets Board


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Click/tap on the Hide this story (X) button in the upper-right corner of the article you want to remove. (see screenshot below)

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3 You can now provide feedback that you are not interested in the story, you don't like the source, or that you want to report an issue. (see screenshot below)

Clicking on Undo will cancel hiding the story (article).


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4 Click/tap on Refresh your feed to update your news feed. (see screenshot below)

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Option Five

See "More stories like this" or "Fewer stories like this" in News Feed on Widgets Board


1 Open Widgets (Win+W).

2 Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button in the lower-right corner of a news story you want. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on More stories like this or Fewer stories like this to see more of what you care about or less of what you don't.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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