Learn how to take advantage of Windows 11 Widgets

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Windows 11 introduced an all-new Widgets panel, where you can access a variety of updated information using configurable topic boxes (what Microsoft calls info cards).

It consists of two sections: a top section that offers widgets for weather, sports, your latest photos, and other custom topics, and a news section that offers clickable headlines from a variety of sources.

Here’s how to get the most out of your existing Windows 11 tools according to The Verege.

To access the tools, select the tools icon in the taskbar (the one that looks like a square divided into white and blue sections), you can also press the Window + W keys, or if you have a touch screen, swipe from the left.

And you’ll likely see a variety of start-up tools at the top that will give you information about sports scores, weather, stock prices, and any photos you might have in your OneDrive account.

There is also a search field and a button that allows you to add new widgets, within that you can scroll down to find a number of news sources.

There are a variety of ways you can modify your widget panel.

To move your tools press and hold the top of the tool until you see an open hand, (this is unlike the “pointing” hand, which lets you click a link.) You can then change its position on the panel.

To resize, remove, or customize a widget from your panel, tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

The selections you see will depend on the piece; For example, the weather widget can be small, medium or large, and you can customize it to set a default location and work in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, meanwhile, the Photos app is limited to medium or large size and has no other customizations.

Click on the widget’s name in the upper left corner, and you’ll be taken to a separate page where you can access more information – more details about the weather, for example, or more recent sports results.

If you would like to see the current selection of available widgets, click the “Add widgets” button located between your widgets and your news feed.

The news section is below the Add Gadgets button, headed by a Top Stories section that highlights several headlines, followed by individual stories, both of which come with Facebook-like icons that you can attach to each story (including thumb up, heart, ‘surprise’ or “thinking” or sadness or anger).

Select the three dots next to each title and you can see more or less stories like that, hide stories from this source, save them for later (in other words, bookmark them), or flag them, any bookmarked stories will contain Gray box around those three points.

Personalize your interests

The Add Widgets button also provides a link (in the lower left corner) that lets you tell the Widget what you’re interested in and what you don’t, (you can get to the same place by clicking on the three dots next to a news story and selecting Manage Interests).

Either way, you’ll end up on Microsoft’s start page – basically, the settings page for the Edge browser. With the My Interests tab, you can tell Windows what kinds of news you like or don’t like. On the left side of the page, you can choose from categories like News, Sports, Travel, Health, etc.; When you click on each of these categories, you will get a list of the selected topics in the main window, for example, if you select “Entertainment”, you can choose from other topics such as “Celebrities”, “Music” or “Books”.



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