If you like the Windows 10 News & Interests panel, you’ll feel right at home with the Windows 11 Widgets panel. Use it to search the web, read trending news, check the weather, view photos or get sports updates with the click of a mouse (or swipe of a finger).
While the widgets are primarily powered by Microsoft’s own services, the plan is to integrate widgets from third parties and publisher partners as well. Windows 11 will launch you with a specific configuration, but you are free to customize the panel to your liking.
Open the Widgets panel by clicking on the Widgets icon in the taskbar; it looks like two rectangles. If you have a touchscreen device, swipe your finger from the left side of the screen to open the panel.
From there, you can access a Bing powered web search bar and several Microsoft powered widgets. For example, the To Do widget is powered by Microsoft To Do and the Calendar widget is supported by Outlook. Keep scrolling to see a selection of news articles that match your Microsoft news preferences.
Click the ellipsis button inside a widget to change its size. Choose between small, medium, and large sizes to create a larger widget that displays more information or a smaller widget that shrinks what is visible at a glance.
Some widgets also have additional configurations that you can change if you click the ellipsis button and select Customize the widget menu. For example, the Weather and Traffic widgets let you change your location, Sports let you add teams to follow, and Watchlist lets you pin action lists.
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Rearrange your widgets by dragging them to new locations. Hover your mouse over the top of a widget until the cursor changes to a hand. Grab the window, then drag it to the new location; surrounding widgets must move to accommodate the change.
To add new widgets, click the profile icon in the upper right corner of the panel (or click the Add widgets under currently pinned widgets). You can then click on any of the listed widgets to add them to the panel. Remove a pinned widget by clicking its ellipsis button and choosing Remove the widget menu.
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Adjust the news feed
There are a few things you can do to adjust your news feed. If you don’t want to see a certain story, click the button X button to hide the story. Windows will ask you why, allowing you to change your interests, hide the editor, report a problem, or cancel the action. Click the ellipsis button on a news article to request to see more or less articles like the current one. If you select the latter, you can further define your interests.
Manage your interests
To manage your interests, click on the profile icon and select Manage your news and interests at the bottom of the window (or select Manage interest from the ellipsis window for a specific item). This will open the Microsoft News My Interests page in your web browser. Here you can select the topics that interest you from categories like News, Entertainment, Sports, Shopping, etc. You can also manage the list of publishers that you have followed or hidden.
Adjust your news feed
You can quickly adjust your news feed in the My Interests section of the Microsoft News website. Click it Adjust your flow link at the bottom of the sidebar to open an editor window. Scroll through the different screens and click on the publishers you want to appear in your news feed.
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