As you may remember, recent builds of Windows 11 in the Dev channel includes a new settings pane that allows you change behavior of Widgets. You can finally stop them from opening on mouse hover, and disable badges and notifications. However, Microsoft rolls out this change gradually, so not everyone can access it.
The user can open the new settings page by clicking their user icon in Widgets (Win + W). It currently comes with three options. You can enable or disable opening Widgets on hover, badges in the taskbar, and announcements. The last option makes the taskbar rotate information from various widgets instead of showing the weather forecast all the time.
If you are out of luck, and your device wasn't included in the feature roll-out, ViveTool will be of help. As discovered by @PhantomOfEarth, you can use this open source tool to easily activate the new settings for Widgets. Here's how it can be done.
Enable Widgets settings in Windows 11
- Download ViveTool from GitHub.
- Extract its ZIP archive to the c:\vivetool folder.
- Press Win + X or right-click the Start button on the taskbar and select Terminal(Admin) from the menu.
- Now type the following command:
c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:38652916, and hit the Enter key.
- Restart the operating system.
- Now, open Widgets and click your profile icon. You will see the new settings.
You are done. You can disable the settings pane by reverting the changes with the following command:
c:\vivetool\vivetool /disable /id:38652916
Don't forget to issue it as Administrator.
Windows 11 build 22511 is notable for several new features announced officially. It includes Task Manager in the taskbar context menu, the above mentioned Widgets settings, and the ability to auto-save screenshots in Snipping Tool. Besides, there is one more hidden option in there that allows you to enable drag-and-drop for tray icons.
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