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How to Fix Widgets Windows 11 Not Working

Simple guide to stop worrying about Widgets not working on Windows' new version.

Windows 11 is the newly launched version of Windows, and it has brought us brand new widgets that give you quick access to traffic, weather, sports, traffic, news, stocks, and more. By pressing the Windows + W keyboard shortcut, you can access the Widgets panel from the taskbar icon. You can also add or remove widgets, resize, rearrange, and customize the widgets according to your wish. As Windows 11 is the latest Windows version, you may find issues with widgets not working properly on your computer, and you can fix them with ease. If that is the case, the following guide will help you with the six simple solutions.

How to Fix Widgets Not Working on Windows 11

If your widgets screen or windows dashboard screen does not work properly or content inside the window widgets appears blank, follow these below solutions.

Update Windows 11

As Windows 11 is the latest version, there may be issues with the OS. Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 11 OS by removing all the minor errors. So, if you are using the older version of Windows 11, make sure to update the OS to the latest version of Windows 11. Also, check all the drivers are updated to the latest version.

Turn on Widgets

Ensure that the Widgets button in their window is activated. Usually, the widget button is not enabled by default. So you need to manually enable it to view the widgets option in the taskbar.

[1] Right-click on the taskbar and click the taskbar settings.

[2] Enable the Show Widgets button by toggling it.

Enable Widgets on Windows 11

[3] Now, you will be able to see the Widgets button on the taskbar.

Sign-out and Sign-in

If the widgets on your Windows 11 are not working properly, sign out of your Microsoft account. Then, sign in again after a few hours.

[1] From the taskbar, click the Widgets icon.

[2] Click the icon with your account picture on the top right corner.

[3] Under the email address, you will find a Sign out option. Click on it.

Sign out Google Account on Windows 11

[4] After a few minutes, sign in back to access your Windows dashboard.

[5] Now, the Widgets will start to work properly without any issues.

Restart Widget Process

If the widgets on your Windows 11 are not loading, you can restart the Widget process using the Task Manager.

[1] Open Task Manager on your Windows 11 PC.

[2] Go to Background Processes and choose Windows Widgets.

[3] Right-click on it and choose End Task.

[4] Now, open the Windows Widget and see if it is working or not.

Enable Widgets in Group Policy

In some cases, a program may have disabled Windows 11 widgets, which will result in widgets not showing up issues. These steps will show how to re-enable them using Group Policy.

[1] Press Win+R keys together on your keyboard.

[2] Type gpedit.msc and click enter.

[3] Move to the following Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Widgets.

[4] Double click on Allow widgets option.

[5] Finally, click on Not configured, and select OK.

Enable Widgets on Windows 11 With  Group Policy

Disable Graphic Driver

Sometimes, there will be bugs in the graphic drivers. Due to these bugs, some widgets would not be available on the Widget screen. Disabling the drivers will fix the issue.

[1] Press the Windows key and click the Start menu.

[2] Search for the Device Manager and double-click on the Display adapters to expand it.

[3] Right-click on the graphic card and click on properties.

Disable Graphic drivers

[4] On properties windows, click the driver’s tab.

[5] Click on disable device to disable the driver. If there are multiple cards, then you have to do the same steps.

Disable Graphic drivers to fix widgets issues on Windows 11

[6] Once done, click OK.

To re-enable the graphics driver:

[1] Move to the Device Manager again.

[2] Expand Display Drivers.

[3] Right-click on the graphic driver and click Properties.

[4] Click on the Driver tab and click on Enable Device.

Set Your Default Browser to Microsoft Edge

Since Microsoft Edge and Widgets are inter-connected, changing your default web browser to Microsoft Edge will help to bring back widgets.

[1] Press Windows + I keys to open Windows 11 Settings.

[2] Click on Apps, and on the left-hand menu, click Default apps.

[3] Scroll down and search for the Web browser.

[4] Select Microsoft Edge.

Select Microsoft Edge as Default browser

Sign in using your Microsoft Account

Signing with your Microsoft account can also make widgets work back on Windows 11.

[1] Press Windows+I keys to open Windows 11 Settings.

[2] Tap your Accounts and click on Your info.

Sign in Using Microsoft Account

[3] Select Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.

[4] Now, sign in using your Microsoft account details.

Install Edge WebView2

If the widget on your Windows 11 displays content from the web, your PC needs to have the Edge WebView2 app. Without the app, the widget that requires internet won’t work on your Windows 11 PC. Install the Edge WebView2 from the Microsoft site.

By using the above methods, you can easily check and get your Windows 11 widgets to work again. As we mentioned earlier, Windows 11 is the latest version, and you could face issues here and there. But, Windows always provides solutions to overcome with ease.

FAQs

1. How do I enable widgets in Windows 11?

Go to Taskbar Settings and turn on the Widgets toggle under the Personalization menu.

2. How do I refresh a widget in Windows 11?

Widgets will be refreshed automatically.

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