How to work with widgets in Windows 11

April 1, 2022 0 Comments

Widgets keep a lot of simple information at your fingertips, from news to traffic reports to the weather. Learn how to control and customize widget features in Windows 11.

Windows 11 Widget Lead Image.
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Windows 11 offers a widget option that lets you view news stories, weather reports, stock quotes, photos and more. To take full advantage of widgets, though, you’ll want to customize the feed so you can see the most relevant and useful information. To that end, you can add and remove widgets, as well as select or deselect specific interests and sources. Here’s how to manage your widgets.

See: Windows 11: Installation, Security and More Tips (Free PDF) (TechRepublic)

To view the widget sidebar, hover your mouse over the taskbar icon. If the taskbar is aligned to the right, the icon will appear on the left. When the taskbar is aligned in the center, the icon appears among the other icons. By default, the widget blade displays specific content at the top, such as weather forecasts, stock quotes, game scores, and photos. The news story is displayed below. A search field at the very top lets you search the web for specific topics (Figure A)

Figure A

Windows 11 Widget Topic Search.

Scroll down the blade to see additional news. Click on a link for an item to view and read the full story in your browser (Figure B)

Figure B

Windows 11 Widget: Read a Story.

You can now start customizing the feed to control what you see Scroll back to the top of the pane Click the three-point icon next to a widget you want to manage. From the menu, you can choose to change the size of the widget to small, medium and large. You can remove the widget completely or customize it (Figure C)

Figure C

Windows 11 Widget: Customize the feed.

If you want to customize the widget, select or type the information you want to view. For the weather widget, enter a city name. For the stock widget, enter a ticker symbol or company name for the stock you want to follow. And for the sports widget, type the name of a specific team or league to follow (Figure D)

Figure D

Windows 11 Widget: Customize Sports Feed.

After that, you can add more widgets at the top. Click the button to add the widget. Click the plus sign for any widget you want to add (Figure e)

Figure e

Windows 11: Adding Widgets.

To sort the widgets above, drag one to another. Then drag the other widgets to sort them to your liking (Figure F)

Figure F

Windows 11: Organize widgets.

Scroll down through the news again. If there’s a specific story that doesn’t interest you or rubs you wrong, hover over it and click the X button. Select the one you like. Selecting not interested in this story will hide this story and similar stories Selecting hide [name of source] This will hide all the stories from certain outlets or publications. And report Selecting an issue allows you to report a story as irrelevant, confusing, outdated, or objectionable (Figure G.)

Figure G.

Windows 11 Widget Options.

To further control the news you see, click on the elliptical icon in the bottom corner of a particular story. Depending on whether you like the content or not, choose the option of more stories like this or less stories like this. If you don’t want to see any more news from that source or publication, choose to hide the news from that source. If you want to save the story for future reference, select Save later. And to report a problem with the story Select a problem (Figure H)

Figure H

Windows 11 Widget: Fine-tuning option.

You can manage your overall interests to better determine what kind of story will appear. Click on the elliptical icon for any story and select the Manage Interest option. As a result, the webpage displays all available interests, such as news, entertainment, finance, lifestyle, travel and local. Select a specific interest to see its topics Click on the plus icon for the topic you want to follow (Figure I)

Figure I

Windows 11 Widget: Interest to follow.

Click on the entry for the following interest to review all the topics you followed. To follow an unlisted interest, type its name in the search field and select the result (Figure J)

Figure J

Windows 11 Widget: Follow Source.

Click the entry for the following sources to see any source you are already following Type the name of a publication, website, or other new source you want to follow and select the result (Figure K)

Figure K

Windows 11 Widget: Tune your feed.

Finally, you can fine-tune your interests and sources. Click the entry to tune your feed. Select the icons for the publishers and sources you want to follow When done, click Done (Figure L.)

Figure L.

Windows 11 Widgets: Fine-tune interests and sources.

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