The Widgets is a native feature of Windows 11 that helps to display content from your favorite services and apps on your desktop. There are small cards (called widgets) in the Widgets board or panel that shows you content from the selected services. You can also add and customize widgets anytime you want. And, when you click on the Widgets icon available on the taskbar, the Widgets board is opened with the default Half View mode. But, now you can expand Widgets to Full View mode also. So, those who want to enable full-screen Widgets on Windows 11 can follow the steps covered in this post.
Earlier, there was no such option, but now it’s possible to do that. Before proceeding further, note that the full-screen Widgets option is currently available in the Dev build (25201 or higher) of Windows 11. If you are already using it, you can activate the full-screen Widgets option easily and also disable it whenever you want.
Enable Full-Screen Widgets on Windows 11
If you want to enable full-screen Widgets on your Windows 11 computer, then use the following steps:
- Download the ZIP archive of ViveTool (command-line tool). You can download it from github.com
- Extract the ZIP file into a folder
- Open that folder and copy the path of the ViveTool.exe file. Right-click on ViveTool.exe and select Copy as path option. Alternatively, you can also use Ctrl+Shift+C hotkey to copy its path
- Run Command Prompt as an administrator. For this, you can type cmd in the Search box of Windows 11 and click on the Run as administrator option visible in the Search results box on the right section or use your preferred way
- Paste the copied path of the ViveTool.exe file in the Command Prompt window. Continue the command with an enable parameter and an ID. Your complete command would be:
ViveTool.exe /enable /id:34300186
Execute the command. That’s it! Let the command complete successfully. Finally, restart your Windows 11 PC. You have successfully enabled the full-screen Widgets option. Now, let’s check how to use it.
Turn on Full View mode for Widgets on Windows 11
To activate or turn on the Full view mode for Widgets on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Click on the Widgets icon on the taskbar or press the Win+W hotkey
- Press the Expand to Full View icon available on the Widgets board (just before the Settings icon) in the top right corner
- In the full-screen mode, Widgets will cover the entire desktop screen, and only the taskbar will be visible
- To exit the full-screen Widgets, use the Collapse to Half View icon available on the top right corner of the Widgets board.
Disable Full-Screen Widgets in Windows 11
In case you don’t want to use this option anymore, then you can disable full-screen Widgets in Windows 11 using the following steps:
- Download the ZIP file of ViveTool and extract it
- Copy the path of the ViveTool.exe file to the clipboard
- Open an elevated Command Prompt window
- In the Command Prompt window, add the path of the EXE file of ViveTool and a disable parameter along with an ID number. The command would be:
ViveTool.exe /disable /id:34300186
Execute the command. Finally, restart your PC, and Widgets Full View mode will be disabled.
Hope this helps.
Also read: Best Free Windows 11 Widgets and Gadgets
How do I make my screen full-screen Windows 11?
If you are looking for a way to use the full-screen Start menu in Windows 11, then, unfortunately, it can’t be done. We might get some updates for this in the future. As of now, you can use the full-screen Start menu in Windows 10. But, if you want to enable Full View mode for Widgets in Windows 11, then it can be with a few simple steps. Check this post.
How do I enable Widgets in Windows 11?
Windows 11 provides built-in options to add or remove Widgets from the taskbar. If the Widgets icon is not showing on Windows 11 taskbar, then you can add it using the Settings app. Access the Personalization category in the Settings app and open the Taskbar page. On that page, turn on the Widgets button.
Note: If you want to resize a widget in Windows 11, click on the Options (three vertical dots) icon for a widget in the Widgets board. In the pop-up menu, select the Small, Medium, or Large option, and that widget will be resized accordingly and immediately. If you want, you can also use full-screen mode for Widgets in Windows 11. This post above covers a step-by-step guide to enabling full-screen widgets in Windows 11. Check it out.