Weather on Windows 11's taskbar.

Did you know Windows 11 has a Windows 10-style weather widget for its taskbar? If you’ve been using Windows 11 since its release, you might be surprised about that! Here’s how to see the weather on your taskbar.

When it was initially released, the “Widgets” button on the Windows 11 taskbar was a normal button to the right of the Start button. It opened a widgets panel that showed weather as well as other information like sports scores and recommended online articles.

There’s a good chance you might have disabled the Widgets button, as many of us did here at How-To Geek when we upgraded at Windows 11’s release. If you did, you’re in for a surprise: Microsoft totally changed how this button works in an update after Windows 11 was released.

Now, if you have the Widgets button enabled, it shows the current weather—along with an icon, the temperature, and a description of the weather like “Partly Sunny”—on your taskbar. This information appears on the left side of your taskbar if you’re using the standard center-aligned taskbar icons.

The Weather widget at the left side of Windows 11's taskbar.

If you’re using left-aligned taskbar icons, the current weather will be displayed as an icon along with your other taskbar icons. You will see the temperature but not any words describing the weather.

If you don’t see the Weather icon on your Windows 11 taskbar, it’s easy to enable. Just right-click an empty space on the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings.” Toggle “Widgets” to On under “Taskbar Items” in the window that appears.

Enable the "Widgets "option.

To control how the Weather icon (and your other taskbar icons) appear, expand the “Taskbar Behaviors” section in this window and use the Taskbar Alignment menu to toggle between “Center” and “Left”—whichever you prefer.

Select "Left" or "Center" under Taskbar Alignment.

Don’t want a weather icon? You can easily disable it from the Taskbar Settings window—just toggle Widgets to “Off.” This window also lets you toggle other taskbar icons, including like the Search, Task View, and Chat icons, on and off.

This is one of a few changes Microsoft has made to Windows 11 since its release. Many more changes will arrive in Windows 11’s 22H2 update, due for release sometime in 2022.

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