The new widgets panel in Windows 11 grants you access to a range of the latest data via adjustable subject areas. This widgets panel is simply the Windows 10 taskbar flyout “news & interests,” but with a minor altered Interface. It includes two sections: a top part with widgets for climate, sports, your most recent photographs, and other customized subjects. There’s also a news page with interactive articles from multiple sources.
Place your widgets
Users can very well reach the widget panel using the taskbar’s dedicated widget button, a swipe in from the left of the screen, or the keyboard shortcut Window+W. Also, the panel is fixed in place on the left and cannot be moved or altered. The current time is displayed at the top, along with a drop-down option. The drop-down option is for selecting which topics and interests appear inside the panel. There’s also a search option and a button for introducing extra widgets. You may scroll down to see several news outlets.
Tweak your Widget Panel
By clicking the ellipses button inside a widget, you can modify the size as well. Users should choose from small, medium, and large sizes to make a bigger widget that reveals more information or a smaller one that scales down what you can view at a peek. Furthermore, the choice you make is influenced by the widget. For example, the weather widget is customizable to specify a default location. It can be small, medium, or large. On the other hand, the photo app allows for medium or big sizes and no alternative adjustments. Click the “add widgets” button present between the widgets and the news feed to see the current selection of available widgets. It is presently a small list, with only 11 options accessible.
The widget’s news section is located beneath the “Add widgets” icon. The “top stories” area, which displays numerous headlines, is at the top. Then there are the stories. Both include Fb-like icons that you can use to connect to each story, including thumbs-up, hearts, and much more. Select the three dots after each headline to see whether there are any more or fewer stories. Furthermore, you have the option of hiding the stories from the source, saving them for later, or reporting them. Note that besides those three dots, the bookmarked stories will have a gray square.
Make your Experience Original
In addition to the “add widgets” button, there is a link in the lower-left corner. It allows users to tell the widget app what they are interested in or not interested in. You’ll end up on Microsoft’s home page in whatsoever case. You can tell Windows what type of news you want or don’t want by using the “my interest” page. Meanwhile, on the left side of the website, you can select from a wide range of categories such as news, sports, and health. Each of these categories will bring up a list of subject areas in the main window when clicked. For instance, tapping “entertainment” would bring up themes such as celebrities or novels, among several others. You can also change the language of your feed, which is set to English by standard, and turn on and off certain features, such as the Facebook-style comment buttons.
Widgets in Windows 11 help you stay connected to the information you are interested in. Today, the Windows 11 widgets appear to be more of a novelty or a method to unwind than a valuable tool. However, the panel’s future is bright if third-party widgets become available.