How to Disable Widgets in Windows 11 using Registry Editor or Group Policy

Windows 11 brings new design changes across the UI. We get the new snap layout, redesigned Taskbar, Start Menu, Widgets, etc. Although users like the Widgets on Windows 11, some might not like the Widgets because they consume the network bandwidth.

Although there is an option available in the personalization settings, those users who want to disable the Widgets in Windows 11 permanently can go through this guide.

Once you permanently disable the Widgets in Windows 11 using Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor, the option to turn on/off Widgets will be greyed out. As a result, you will no longer be able to turn on/off widgets using settings. But, don’t worry; you can always revert to this.

How to disbale Widgets in Windows 11

In this guide, we’re going to show how you can disable Widgets in Windows 11 using Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor. Follow the below steps:

1. Disable Widgets using Group Policy Editor

If you’re using Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise version, you can always use the Group Policy Editor to modify the policy. But, If you’re using Windows 11 Home version, you should know that by default Group Policy Editor is not installed in Windows 11, though you can enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 11 Home.

  1. Press Windows + R shortcut key to open the Run box.
  2. In the Run box, type gpedit.msc, then hit the Enter button on the keybaord.
  3. This opens Group Policy Editor.
  4. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path – Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Widgets.
how to disable widgets in Windows 11
  1. On the right hand side, you get policy called Allow widgets.
  2. Double-click the Allow widgets.
  3. A new Window will open. Select the Disbale option, then click the Apply and OK.
How to Disable Widgets in Windows 11 using Registry Editor or Group Policy
Disable Widgets
  1. Exit the Group Policy Editor.

Now Widgets shortcut option should disappear from the Taskbar, and you will not be able to turn on/off Widgets using settings. In case the Widgets option remains on the Taskbar, make sure you Restart your computer.

In case you change your mind and decide to enable the Widgets, you can follow the above steps and allow the Widgets in the Group Policy Editor.

Related article: How to use Voice Typing in Windows 11

2. Disable Widgets using Registry Editor

You can also use the Registry Editor to disable Widgets in Windows 11. The following steps will show you how to do this.

  1. Press Windows + R shortcut key to open the Run box.
  2. In the Run Box, type regedit, then hit the Enter button on the keybaord.
  3. This opens Registry Editor.
  4. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft.
  5. Right-click the Microsoft and select New > Key.
  6. Enter the Key Name“Dsh”.
  7. Right-click the Dsh and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
how to disable widgets in Windows 11
  1. Enter the name – AllowNewsAndInterests.
  2. Right-click the AllowNewsAndInterests and select Modify.
  3. Enter the Value data 0 if it is 1, then OK.
how to disable widgets in Windows 11

Widgets option should disappear from the Taskbar; if it is still available, Restart your computer. Now if you go to the personalization setting, you get that the Widgets on/off toggle button is greyed out.

To enable the Widgets again, you can delete the following key from the Registry Editor.

Conclusion

Although you can disable Widgets using personalization settings, if you want to disable Widgets permanently, you can do this through Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor. Once you disable the Widgets using Group Policy or Registry Editor, the Widgets turn on/off toggle button will be greyed out.

This is all about how to disable Widgets in Windows 11 using Registry Editor or Group Policy. I hope this guide is helpful for you; if you have any feedback, feel free to mention it in the comment section below.

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