Exploring Windows 11 Widgets

Windows 11 introduces a new feature called Widgets, which provides quick access to personalized information, news, and updates right from your desktop. In this beginner's guide, we'll explore how to use and customize Widgets in Windows 11:

1. Opening Widgets

Click on the Widgets icon located on the taskbar, or press the Windows key + W to open the Widgets panel.

2. Exploring Widget Cards

Widgets are displayed as interactive cards, each providing different types of information such as weather, news, calendar events, and more.

3. Adding Widgets

To add a new widget, click on the "+" icon at the top of the Widgets panel. This opens the Widget store where you can browse and select additional widgets to add to your collection.

4. Customizing Widget Layout

Widgets can be rearranged by clicking and dragging them to different positions within the Widgets panel. You can also resize widgets by clicking and dragging the edges of their cards.

5. Personalizing Widget Content

Many widgets allow for personalization, such as selecting specific news topics, locations for weather updates or calendar events to display.

6. Interacting with Widgets

Click on a widget card to interact with it. For example, you can expand a news widget to view more headlines or click on a weather widget to see detailed forecast information.

7. Managing Widget Settings

To access widget settings, click on the three dots (...) in the top right corner of a widget card. Here, you can customize widget options, such as refreshing content, changing the layout, or removing the widget altogether.

8. Using Widgets on Multiple Desktops

Widgets are available across all desktops in Windows 11. You can access them by clicking on the Widgets icon in the taskbar from any desktop.

9. Adding Widgets to the Start Menu

Right-click on a widget card and select "Pin to Start" to add it as a tile on your Start menu for quick access.

10. Exploring Widget Store

The Widget store offers a variety of widgets to choose from, including productivity tools, news aggregators, social media updates, and more. Explore the store to find widgets that suit your interests and needs.


By following this beginner's guide, you can start exploring and customizing Widgets in Windows 11 to stay informed and connected right from your desktop. Experiment with different widgets and layouts to create a personalized dashboard tailored to your preferences.