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How to remove the Widgets button from Windows 11

You can clear up Windows 11 and pretend Widgets never existed.

- BY MARK HACHMAN

Within Windows 11 (see page 25), the Widgets drawer is huge. But what if you don’t want or need Widgets? You might not be able to banish it entirely from your system, but you can get rid of the Widgets button from your Taskbar in just a few easy steps.

In fact, if you don’t use the Search icon or even Task View, you can remove those icons from your Taskbar as well.

Widgets is the Windows 11 reboot of News & Interests, the Windows 10 feature that pre-selects news, weather, sports scores, and stock prices and collects them in a small widget that lives at the bottom of your screen. (In Windows 10, News & Interests displays the temperatur­e and weather within your Taskbar, while within Windows 11 it does not.)

In Windows 11, however, clicking the Widgets button slides out a massive Widgets

drawer from the left side of your screen, complete with a search window in the latest build. There’s weather, local traffic, your Microsoft To Do lists, your photos from Onedrive, sports and esports, your stock watchlist, and tips. To some, it will feel like a huge and obnoxious intrusion.

Fortunatel­y, there are two easy ways to get rid of the Widgets button.

HOW TO GET

RID OF WIDGETS FROM WINDOWS 11

The first way is extremely simple: Right-click the Widgets button on your Taskbar, and then click “Unpin from Taskbar” (1). Poof! It’s gone, baby, gone.

The second way is to right-click the Taskbar itself and select “Taskbar settings.” You’ll then be taken to the Windows 11 Settings menu (Settings > Personaliz­ation > Taskbar), where you’ll see three toggles: one for Search, one for Task View ( fave. co/3lp6fb0), and another for Widgets. You can turn off any or all of them, and those buttons will vanish from your Taskbar, too.

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