Unleashing the Power of Windows 11 Widgets: Advanced Tips and Tricks

Dave W. Shanahan

windows 11 widgets

Looking for more How To posts? Check out our How To Page for all the latest tips on Windows, Microsoft Teams, LinkedIn, and more!

Now that you know how to get started with Windows 11 Widgets, you might want to know what else you can do. Check out our article on how to disable widgets on Windows 10 or Windows 11. For some, Windows 11 has brought a fresh and exciting experience to its users with a range of innovative features and enhancements. Among these features, Windows 11 Widgets stand out as a powerful tool for personalizing your desktop and accessing important information immediately. In this article, we will explore some advanced tips and tricks to help you unleash the full potential of Windows 11 Widgets. Let’s dive in!

1. Customizing Widget Layouts

One of the key advantages of Windows 11 Widgets is their customizable nature. To maximize their effectiveness, it’s crucial to tailor the layout to suit your specific needs. Start by clicking on the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner of the widget panel and selecting “Customize widget.” From here, you can also rearrange, add, or remove (unpin) widgets according to your preferences. Experiment with different arrangements to create an organized and intuitive workspace that boosts your productivity.

windows 11 widgets
Customizing the Weather widget layout

Windows 11 Widgets offer a high degree of customization, allowing you to arrange them in a way that suits your needs. To customize your widget layouts, simply click the three-dot menu in the upper right corner of the widget and from there, you can resize and stack widgets according to your preference. Experiment with different layouts to find the one that optimizes your workflow and enhances your productivity.

2. Pinning New Widgets

Windows 11 Widgets offer a range of productivity-enhancing widgets that can streamline your workflow. From calendar and to-do list widgets to note-taking and email widgets, you can have all your essential tools at your fingertips. Pin your frequently used productivity widgets to the taskbar for easy access, allowing you to manage your tasks efficiently and stay organized throughout the day.

windows 11 widgets

Windows 11 offers a variety of widgets out of the box, including Weather, Calendar, News, and more. However, you can further expand your widget collection by adding new ones from the Microsoft Store. To add new widgets, click on the “+” icon at the top of the widgets pane and select the widget you want to use from the list of widgets available. Select “Pin” to add the new widget to the widgets panel.windows 11 widgets

If you want to remove the widget, click the three-dot menu, and click “Unpin widget.” Explore the available options and install the ones that cater to your interests and needs. If you can’t find the widget you want to use, simply, click the “Find more widgets” button. Once you click “Find more widgets,” you will be taken to the Microsoft Store where you can add other third-party widgets as they become available.

windows 11 widgets

3. Managing Widget Cards

Widget cards provide detailed information within a widget, allowing you to access additional content or perform specific actions. To manage widget cards, simply click on the widget you want to customize, and then click on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner. From there, you can enable or disable specific cards, rearrange their order, or even customize their content. Take advantage of widget cards to personalize your widgets and make them more functional.

4. Using Live Widgets

Windows 11 brings live widgets, which provide real-time updates and dynamic content. Live widgets offer a dynamic and interactive experience, bringing information to life on your desktop. Explore the available live widgets and add them to your widget panel to stay up to date with the latest news, sports scores, stock market trends, and more.

5. Creating Custom Widgets

For advanced users and developers, Windows 11 allows you to create custom widgets using the Widget API. This powerful feature opens a world of possibilities, enabling you to build widgets tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Whether you want to display custom data, integrate with third-party services, or create unique visualizations, the Widget API empowers you to take full control of your widget experience. The ability to create custom widgets is not here yet, but Microsoft may decide to release it in a future Windows 11 update, stay tuned!


Windows 11 Widgets are a significant change when it comes to desktop customization and productivity. By following these advanced tips and tricks, you can harness the full power of Windows 11 Widgets and unlock a seamless and efficient user experience. Additionally, it’s essential to strike a balance between functionality and performance. While widgets provide valuable information and quick access to various features, an excessive number of widgets or complex widget designs can impact system resources. Monitor your system’s performance and adjust your widget usage accordingly to ensure a smooth and seamless experience.

Windows 11 widgets provide a versatile and personalized way to enhance your desktop experience. By customizing layouts, pinning widgets, adding new ones, managing widget cards, using live widgets, and creating custom widgets, you can unlock the full potential of Windows 11 widgets. Experiment with these advanced tips and tricks to optimize your workflow, access information efficiently, and make your desktop truly your own.

Remember, the power of Windows 11 Widgets lies in your creativity and willingness to explore. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different widget combinations, layouts, and functionalities to find what works best for you. As you delve deeper into the world of Windows 11 widgets, keep in mind that regular updates and new widget releases from Microsoft and third-party developers will continue to expand the possibilities. Check out the Windows 11 Widgets documentation here. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of widgets in Windows 11 and unleash the true power of your desktop!