How to Use Widgets in Windows 11

Use Widgets in Windows 11

If you did like a News and Interests panel in Windows 10, you would feel right at home with the Widgets panel in the latest Windows 11. you can use it to search the web, check the weather, read trending news, get sports updates, or view photos with a click of a mouse (or swipe of your finger).

While Microsoft’s services primarily power the widgets, the plan incorporates widgets from publishing partners and third parties. Windows11 will start you off with a required configuration, but you can freely customize the widget panel to your liking.

Open the Widget Panel

You can open the widget panel with a single click on the Widgets icon on the taskbar, which looks like two rectangles. If you are using a touch screen device, so you can swipe from the left side of the screen to open the widget panel.

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Here, you will find a Bing-powered web search bar and several Microsoft-powered widgets. For instance, the To-Do widget is powered by Microsoft To-Do, and Outlook backs the Calendar widget. Continue scrolling then you see a curated selection of news articles that align with your Microsoft news preferences.

Change the Widget Size

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You can also change the size by clicking on the ellipsis button inside a widget. Choose between small/ medium/ large sizes to create a bigger widget that can show more information and a smaller widget that scales down what is visible at a glance.

Customizing Widgets

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Some widgets also have an ellipsis button for if you want additional configurations and then select Customize widget from the menu. For example, the Traffic and Weather widgets allow you to change your location, Watchlist allows you to pin stock listings, and Sports lets you add teams to follow.

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Move Widgets

You can reorganize your widgets by dragging them to new locations. Move your mouse over the top portion of a widget until the cursor becomes a hand. Grab the window and drag it to the new location; surrounding widgets should accommodate the change.

Adjust News Feed

There are a few actions given in Windows 11 that you can take to adjust your news feed. You can click on the ellipsis button for a news story to request to see more or fewer stories like the current one. If you don’t want to see a specific story, click the X button to hide or remove the story. It will ask you why, which allows you to change your interests, hide the publisher, report an issue, or undo the action. In case if you select the latter, you can further define your interests.

Add or Remove Widgets

For adding new widgets, click the profile icon in the top-right corner of the widget panel (or click to Add widgets button under the currently pinned widgets). Then you can click any of the listed widgets to add them to the panel. For Removing a pinned widget, so you have to click its ellipsis button and choose the Remove widget from the menu.

Manage Your Interests

You can also manage your interests by clicking on the profile icon and selecting the Manage your news & interest at the bottom of the windows (or select Manage interests from the ellipsis window of a specific article). Now My Interests page of Microsoft News will be open in your web browser. Here, you can select the topics according to your interest under categories like Entertainment, Sports, News, Shopping, and more. And you can also manage the list of publishers you have followed or hidden.

Tune Your News Feed

You can quickly adjust your newsfeed under the section of My Interests on the Microsoft News website. Click on the Tune your feed link at the bottom of the sidebar to open a window of publishers. Scroll through the different tab and click on the publishers you wish to appear in your news feed from now on.

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