How-To: How to Get Rid of the Widget Drawer in Windows 11

The widget drawer is a big part of Windows 11. But wouldn’t it be inconvenient for users who don’t use widgets at all? You can’t get rid of the widget drawer entirely, but you can at least take a few simple steps to hide the widget button from the taskbar.

The same goes for the search or task view icons. If you use it infrequently, you can hide it from the taskbar.

Widgets are more of a transformation of Windows 10’s News and Interests feature, which used to show Microsoft’s handpicked news, weather forecasts, sports results, and stocks. The only difference is that Windows 10’s News & Interests showed the weather or temperature in the taskbar, but not in Windows 11.

But in Windows 11, when you click the widget button, a huge new window appears on the left side of the monitor that almost completely covers the screen. Weather, local traffic information, Microsoft to-do list, photos in OneDrive, sports and esports match results, stocks of interest, etc. are displayed as widgets, but their presence is so overwhelming that they feel overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are two simple ways to hide the widget screen.

Remove the widget drawer in Windows 11

The first method is overly easy. If you right-click the widget button on the taskbar, a small message window stating ‘Remove from taskbar’ appears. When you select this window, the widget icon disappears immediately.
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The second way is to right-click the taskbar itself and edit the settings. In Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, you will see three toggle switches. A switch that determines whether to show or hide the search, task view, and widget icons, respectively. You can enable/disable it according to your preference.
You can hide widget icons with a few clicks. ⓒ ITWorld
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