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If you’ve recently updated your Windows 11 PC, you might be surprised to see three new widget boxes at the bottom of your lock screen, where there used to be nothing. You haven’t been hacked: These are part of Microsoft’s continued efforts to stuff annoying ads and widgets where they do not belong.
To be fair, I actually like the weather widget. But Microsoft is also bundling it with things like stock market news, NBA updates, and other news bulletins right to the lock screen. And the worst part is, you can’t customize it. In other words, there’s no way to keep the weather widget and ditch the rest. If you’re not interested in one of these widgets, too bad. The only thing you can do to clear your lock screen is disable the whole feature altogether.
Disabling Windows 11 lock screen widgets
Microsoft started deploying this new feature in March, with the Windows 11 KB5035942 update and the Windows 10 KB5035941 update. But it wasn’t turned on for everyone. Only in May did Microsoft start to gradually enable it for all users.
In typical Microsoft fashion, the new feature isn’t labelled clearly, so you’ll end up spending a lot of time in Settings just to find the right menu for it.
If you’re using Windows 11, Open the Settings app using the Start menu, the Search feature, or the Windows + I keyboard shortcut. Choose Personalization from the left sidebar and go to the Lock screen menu. Here, choose the drop-down next to the Lock screen Status option. By default, it will show Weather and more. This is the lofty description that pools in the weather widget with finance, sports updates, and more.
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In this menu, switch to the None option.
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While you’re here, I also recommend you uncheck the Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen option, for a clean and focused lock screen.
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The next time you visit your Windows lock screen, you’ll find it free from the new widget boxes.
How to remove lock screen widgets in Windows 10
Just because you’re still using Windows 10 doesn’t mean you’re safe from the new lock screen widgets. Open the Settings app on Windows 10 and go to Personalization. Choose Lock screen from the left sidebar and find the text that says

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