Windows 11 has introduced a brand new Widgets panel, where you can access a variety of updated information using configurable topic boxes. It is divided into two sections:
- A top area with widgets for weather, sports, your most recent images, and other personalized subjects.
- A news section with clickable headlines from various sources.
How to get the most out of Windows 11’s current widgets:
- Select the Widgets icon in the taskbar (the one that looks like a square divided into white and blue sections) to access the widgets. You can alternatively use the Window + W keys or swipe from the left on a touchscreen. On the top, you’ll probably notice a number of basic widgets that provide information such as sports scores, weather, stock prices, and any photographs you have in your OneDrive account.
- The “Add widgets” button is below the “News” section. It begins with a segment titled “Top stories,” which emphasizes multiple headlines, and then moves on to specific items. Both have Facebook-like icons that you can use to add to each tale (thumbs-up, heart, “surprised,” “thinking,” sad, or angry, for example).
- In the lower-left corner of the “Add widgets” button is a link that allows you to tell the Widget app what you are and are not interested in.
- In any case, you’ll land on the Microsoft Start page, which is effectively the Edge browser’s settings page. You may tell Windows what kinds of news stories you like or don’t want by using the “My Interests” page. You can choose from categories on the left side of the page such as News, Sports, Travel, Health, and so on; clicking on any of those categories will bring up a list of specialized topics in the main window.
- “Profile” (which introduces you to the “Microsoft News Community”), “My Saves” (any stories you’ve saved), “History”, and “Experience Settings” are among the other tabs available. You might want to go to this final one because it allows you to change the language of your feed (the default is English) and turn on and off a variety of features, including those Facebook-like reaction symbols. Some of the essential information cards, such as money and weather, can easily be turned off.