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How To Disable Widgets on Windows 11 (All Methods)

In Microsoft Windows, a widget is one of the most versatile components. Without requiring to run a programs or start an application to perform a specific function (such as checking the weather status at your location), a widget allows you to access a variety of programs and information with a single click from any application. The prime motive for Microsoft to incorporate Widgets in Windows was to enhance productivity and personalization, making the operating system more user-friendly, utilizing the data, and Ai to improve Human-Computer Interaction.

But, it seems that you don’t use this feature often and want to save some RAM and internet data on your device by turning off the Widgets on your system. This is because the widgets continue to fetch data from the internet, increasing internet data usage, and they continue to run in the background, consuming RAM.

how to remove widgets in windows

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable widgets on Windows 11:

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start Menu, select the “Personalization” option from the left sidebar, and click the “Taskbar” option.

click the personalization option and select the taskbar option
Taskbar option

Step 2: Toggle off the “Widgets” feature to disable Widgets and hide its icon from the taskbar.

toggle off the widgets option in the taskbar settings in windows settings
Disable Widgets

Step 1: Open the Local Group Policy from the Start Menu or press the “Windows Key + R” Key Combination to open Windows Run, type “gpedit.msc“, and press the enter key.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step 2: Navigate to the following file path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Widgets

navigate to widget policies in windows local policy editor
Widget Policy Settings in Windows

Step 3: Double-click the “Allow Widgets” option, select the “Disabled” option and click the ‘Apply’ button.

disabling widgets in windows 11 using group policy
Select the ‘Disabled’ option

Step 4: To save the changes without restarting your computer, run the command prompt as an administrator, type the command: gpupdate/force and hit the enter key. In some cases, you may need to restart your computer to reflect changes.

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

This policy specifies whether the widgets feature is allowed on the device. Widgets will be turned on by default unless you change this in your settings. If you turned this feature on before, it will stay on automatically unless you turn it off.

Note: If you frequently keep making changes to your device’s group policy configuration, then it’s recommended to backup Group Policy on your device to recover data in case of a data loss.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor from the Start Menu or press the “Windows Key + R” Key Combination to open Windows Run, type “regedit“, and press the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following file path:

navigate to advanced explorer registry settings and you'll find the 'taskbar da' policy
‘TaskbarDa’ Policy

Step 3: Double click the “TaskbarDa” option and set its hexadecimal value data from 1 to 0, and click the “OK” button to save changes.

change value data of 'taskbar da' policy from 1 to 0
Change the Value Data from 1 to 0

Step 4: Restart the computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Note: If you frequently modify the device’s group policy configuration, then it’s better to enable automatic Registry Backup to recover data in case of a data loss.

We’ve covered how to disable Widgets in Windows 11 from Windows Settings, Group Policy Editor, and Registry Editor. Depending on your preferences, you may choose any method to disable Windows 11 widgets that is most convenient for you.

Once the widgets are disabled, the widgets app icon will be also removed from the taskbar and It’s totally fine to remove widgets in Windows 11 if you don’t use them often.

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