How to Uninstall Widgets in Windows 11

If you don’t like the new widgets panel in Windows 11, you can disable or uninstall it completely. Here are the exact steps to uninstall Widgets in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, Microsoft finally bought back one of the best things in Windows Vista and Windows 11. i.e., the widgets. However, unlike the older versions where you place the widgets wherever you want on the desktop, all the widgets in Windows 11 live in a single place called the Widgets panel.

For some, the new Widgets panel is a welcome change. For others, it is nothing but a distraction and waste of resources. After all, there is still no support for third-party widgets, available widgets are not that useful, and most of all, you cannot place widgets outside the Widgets panel.

You might not like or want to use the Windows 11 Widgets with all this. In that case, you can either disable it or uninstall Widgets in Windows 11 with just a couple of steps. The good thing is, if you ever need a widget, you can get them back by installing the official Widgets app from the Microsoft Store app.

So, without further delay, let me share the steps to quickly and easily uninstall or remove Widgets from Windows 11 operating system.

Uninstall Widgets in Windows 11

To disable Widgets in Windows 11, all you have to do is toggle the “Widgets” option in “Taskbar Settings” (Personalization > Taskbar) to “OFF.” Even after disabling it, you can still access it via the keyboard shortcut or left edge swipe.

To uninstall the Widgets panel, you must execute a PowerShell command. The command will altogether remove the Widgets panel from Windows. The command is pretty simple, and the whole process is easy too. Let me show you how.

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Choose “Windows Terminal (Admin).”
  3. Execute the below command in the PowerShell tab.
    winget uninstall "windows web experience pack"
  4. Close the Terminal window.
  5. Reboot the computer.
  6. With that, you have uninstalled Widgets in Windows 11.

Same steps with screenshots and a bit more detail:

First, we must open PowerShell with admin rights. To do that, right-click the Start menu and choose the “Windows Terminal (Admin)” option. The PowerShell tab should be opened in the terminal window by default. If not, click the dropdown menu on the terminal title bar and choose the “Windows PowerShell” menu. Of course, you can always open the PowerShell window directly by searching for it in the Start menu.

open terminal as admin in Windows 11

In the PowerShell window, execute the below command.

winget uninstall "windows web experience pack"

uninstall widgets in Windows 11

Doing so will instantly uninstall Windows 11 widgets. You will see the “Successfully Uninstalled” message to confirm the uninstallation.

Finally, close the Terminal window and reboot the computer.

After rebooting, you will no longer see Widgets in Windows 11.

Reinstall Widgets in Windows 11

If you ever want to use Widgets again, you can reinstall it from the Microsoft Store in Windows 11. It is pretty easy to do.

  1. Press the Start key.
  2. Search and open “Microsoft Store.”
  3. Search for “Windows Web Experience Pack.”
  4. Open the Widgets app page.
  5. Click the “Get/Install” button.
  6. This will instantly install Widgets in Windows 11.
  7. Close the Microsoft Store.
  8. Reboot Windows 11.

Here is the direct link to the Windows Web Experience Pack in Microsoft Store — https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-web-experience-pack/9mssgkg348sp

That is it. It is that simple to uninstall Widgets in Windows 11.

I hope this easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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