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Top 6 Methods to Fix Wid­gets Not Work­ing on Win­dows 11 and Windows 10

Widgets are just one of several new capabilities in Windows 11 that Microsoft introduced. The News and Interests widget, which we first saw in Windows 10, has undergone a big redesign in Windows 11. But, to be honest, many people have had a difficult time with Widgets.

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So, if you’re having trouble using Widgets because they’re loading blank or aren’t working at all, we can help. This article has a list of troubleshooting solutions that should get the Widgets working again. So, let’s take a look at them.

Top 6 Methods to Fix Wid­gets Not Work­ing on Win­dows 11 and Windows 10

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1. ENABLE WIDGETS

If you can’t seem to locate the Widgets icon in your Taskbar, then it’s because you haven’t enabled it. Read along to learn how to enable it.

Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar settings.

Open Taskbar Settings

Step 2: Under Taskbar items, toggle on the Widgets button.

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Enable Widgets

Once you see the Widgets icon, click on it or press Windows key + W on your keyboard to open the Widgets panel.

2. RESTART WIDGETS

If the Widgets panel on Windows 11 is blank or not loading Widgets properly, you can use the Task Manager to restart the Windows Widgets process. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch the Task Manager quickly. Click on the More details button to expand it.

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Expand Task Manager Window

Step 2: Under Background Processes, scroll down to find and select Windows Widgets. Now click on the End Task button to close it.

Restart Widgets

Now go ahead and try opening the Widgets panel to see if they appear fine now.

3. LOGIN WITH A MICROSOFT ACCOUNT

Because it requires your Microsoft account to display your calendar, weather, relevant news, and more, the Widgets panel won’t operate if you’re logged in with a Local account on your PC. You can try switching to a Microsoft account by following the steps below.

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Step 1: Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app. Navigate to the Accounts tab using the left pane and choose the Your info option.

Step 2: Under Account settings, click on ‘Sign in with a Microsoft account instead’ and enter your login credentials to proceed.

Sign in with a Microsoft Account

4. SET MICROSOFT EDGE AS DEFAULT BROWSER

Windows 11’s widgets are tightly linked with Microsoft Edge. If you’ve set Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or any other browser as your default web browser, the Widgets not working issue may also occur. To check if it helps, consider switching back to Microsoft Edge as your default browser. Here’s how to do it.

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Step 1: Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app. Switch to the Apps tab and go to Default Apps.

Step 2: Scroll down and select your current default browser.

Step 3: Under ‘.htm,’ click on your current web browser.

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Step 4: Choose Microsoft Edge from the menu that pops up and click on OK. Repeat this for the rest of the file formats as well.

5. INSTALL MICROSOFT EDGE WEBVIEW2

Microsoft Edge WebView2 is a component in Windows 11 that allows you to integrate web information in your PC’s native apps, such as Widgets. If the problem persists after switching to Microsoft Edge as your primary browser, it’s likely due to the lack of WebView2.

So go ahead and install the Microsoft Edge WebView2 on your PC. Once installed, reboot your PC and see if you can use Widgets now.

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Download Microsoft Edge WebView2

6. DISABLE GRAPHICS DRIVER

A graphics driver is software that connects your operating system to your computer’s hardware. Minor problems with the Graphics driver might sometimes cause problems with the Widgets. Surprisingly, momentarily removing the graphics driver has solved the problem for many users. This is how you do it.

Step 1: Click on the Search icon from the Taskbar, type in device manager, and press Enter.

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Open Device Manager

Step 2: In the Device Manager window, expand Display Adapters and double-click on your graphics card to open its Properties.

Device Manager Window

Step 3: In the following window, switch to the Driver tab and click on Disable Device. Lastly, click on OK.

Disable Graphics Driver

If your computer has numerous graphic cards, repeat the step to disable them. Now, on Windows 11, try using the Widgets. If everything is working properly, you can enable the drivers by repeating the procedures above.

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INFO AT GLANCE

The Widgets panel in Windows 11 has been a wonderful addition. As third-party developers take advantage of this feature, you may expect your favourite apps to appear on the panel soon. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to improve the overall Widgets experience on Windows 11 by fixing problems and glitches.

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