Widgets bring you important information, so get them running properly again!
Widgets are an interesting feature in Windows 11, allowing users to check information that matters to them via a dedicated menu on the taskbar. Even so, widgets may sometimes fail to function properly. If you’re also facing such an issue, this article explores eight fixes to address Windows 11 widget troubles.
If you’re looking to add widgets to your website, start with these embeddable weather widgets.
If you ever used Windows 10 before, you’re probably familiar with Live Tiles on the start menu, which used to feature info such as the weather, news, and images. Widgets in Windows 11 offer a similar functionality: displaying dynamic content from your favorite apps on your PC, but they’re no longer cluttering your start menu. Instead, they have their own space that can be summoned by pressing Windows + W.
You can pin, unpin, resize, arrange and customize widgets according to your interests. If you wish to learn more about their function, check out how to use widgets in Windows 11.
We have a few quick fixes you can try if widgets are not working as they should on your PC.
If you can’t see the widgets menu icon in your taskbar (the blue and white square), disabling and re-enabling widgets can sometimes fix this issue.
If your widgets are not loading or you see a blank space where the widgets should be, restarting the widgets process from Task Manager may solve this issue.
Windows File Explorer is closely linked with the UI library that controls all visual elements on your PC, which also include widgets. Restarting File Explorer may fix any issue with the widgets not working.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to use the native app to manage files anymore, check out a few worthy File Explorer alternatives.
A faulty display driver may be another reason your widgets are misbehaving. Disable the graphic driver on your PC to see whether it fixes the issue.
The widget board will not work if you’re logged in with a local account, as widgets like calendar, weather, news, and others take data from the Microsoft account. Signing in to your Microsoft account can fix the widgets not working issue.
Widgets and Microsoft’s browser are closely integrated, so the issues you’re experiencing may appear because Edge is not configured as your default browser. You can change that by following these steps:
Microsoft Edge WebView2 allows Windows 11 to display web content in the native apps using Microsoft Edge as a rendering engine. Corrupt Microsoft Edge WebView2 can also cause widgets to misbehave. If the above fixes haven’t worked, you should repair Microsoft Edge WebView2 first, then restart your system and open the widgets panel.
It is important to keep your PC updated to make sure that it works optimally. New updates can fix bugs and issues that may be causing widgets to malfunction, so check whether there is an update waiting to be installed.
Tip: you can pause Windows updates if you don’t want them interrupting your work.
Yes, widgets can drain the battery on your Windows 11 PC. The amount of power widgets consume depends on the type of widgets they are and how often they get updated. You should only keep essential widgets that you regularly use and consider fixing battery drain issues if the battery is not giving the expected backup.
Yes. Even if you disable widgets in “Taskbar settings,” widgets will keep running in the background. You can summon the widget board by clicking Windows + W. If you want to completely stop widgets from running, consider uninstalling them or disabling them in the Registry Editor.
Widgets are closely integrated in Windows 11, so uninstalling them may make your PC unstable. But if you must uninstall widgets, creating a system restore point is a good idea to deal with any possible untoward situation. Run PowerShell as administrator, paste the
winget uninstall "Windows web experience Pack" command, and hit Enter to uninstall widgets.
All screenshots by Sandeep Babu.
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