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How To Disable Widgets on Windows 11 [All Possible Ways]


The prime motive for Microsoft to incorporate Widgets in Windows 11 was to enhance productivity and personalization, making the operating system more user-friendly, and 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.

Smart Decision!

The widgets keep fetching data over the internet, thus increasing the internet data usage, and keep running in the background, thus consuming some RAM.

how to remove widgets in windows

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to Disable Widgets on Windows 11 by using the following methods:

Once the widgets are disabled, the widgets app icon will be also removed from the taskbar.


Step #1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start Menu or press the ‘Windows Key + I’ Key Combination, select ‘Personalization’ 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.

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

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 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
and you’ll find the ‘Allow Widgets’ setting/policy.

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

Step #3: Double-click the ‘Allow Widgets’ option and select the ‘Disabled’ option and press the ‘Apply’ button.

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

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.


If you frequently modify the device’s group policy configuration, then it’s recommended to enable automatic Registry Backup 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:
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and you’ll find ‘TaskbarDa’ option.

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

Step #3: Double click the ‘Taskbar Da’ option and set its hexadecimal value data from 0 to 1, press the ‘OK’ button.

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 or press the ‘Ctrl + Shift + Esc’ key combination and open task manager, locate the ‘explorer’ option, single-click it, and select the ‘restart’ option.

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

So, we can disable Widgets in Windows 11 using Windows Settings, Group Policy Editor, and Registry Editor, and you may choose any method that is the most convenient for you.

It’s totally fine to remove widgets in Windows 11 if you don’t use them often.


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