How to Disable Widgets in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to add or remove widgets on Windows 11 taskbar.

Windows 11 comes with a feature called Widgets. It’s an evolution of a recently added feature called news and interests in Windows 10. Widgets are feeds of content such as news, weather, stocks and traffic that are automatically updated with live information from your taskbar.

The widgets are activated when you click on the widgets icon on the taskbar, or swipe from the left using touch, or press the Windows + W keys on your keyboard. Doing this will bring out widgets from the left of your screen with up-to-date info.

Some people will see widget as another desktop clutter while others might find it important. Whichever side you’re on, you can turn off or turn on anytime you want, and this post shows you how.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Windows computer to use, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with adding or removing widgets from Windows 11 taskbar, follow the steps below:

Remove Widgets from Windows 11 taskbar

By default, the widgets icon is added to Windows 11 taskbar. You can customize what information are displayed in widgets. If you don’t want to keep the widget icon on the taskbar in Windows 11, simply right-click the icon and select Unpin from taskbar as shown in the image below.

remove widgets from taskbar

That will get widget removed and turned off in Windows settings.

Add Widgets to Windows 11 taskbar

If the widget icon is not already added to Windows 11 taskbar, you can simply add it with few clicks. To add Windows 11 widgets back to the taskbar, click on Start and go to Settings.

windows 11 settings button

From the System’s settings page, click on Personalization on the left item list and scroll down to Taskbar on the right as shown below.

windows 11 taskbar settings

On the Taskbar settings page, toggle the button to On to enable Windows 11 widgets on the taskbar. To disable, toggle the button to Off.

add or remove window 11 widgets

Turn Widgets On or Off from Registry

You can also turn on or off Widgets in Windows 11 registry. To do that, use Windows search feature and search for regedit as shown below.

regedit in windows 11

When the registry editor opens, navigate to the path below:

add or remove windows 11 widgets registry

Double-click the REG_DWORD and open. Then use the value data to add or remove the widgets from the taskbar.

disable or enable widgets in windows 11 taskbar

0 = Remove
1 = Add

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn on or turn off the Widgets icon on Windows 11 taskbar. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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