How to enable new Widgets interface on Windows 11

Here are the steps to try an early preview of the new Widgets interface on Windows 11.

Windows 11 new Widgets UI

On Windows 11 22H2, you can now enable an early preview of the experimental interface for the Widgets board on the latest preview available in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program.

Starting with build 25227, Microsoft is experimenting with various designs for the navigation pane in the Widgets board with new icons to access different features. 

If you want to get hands-on with the new navigation pane for the Widgets board, you can use a third-party tool called “ViVeTool,” created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas on GitHub, to enable the new experience on your computer. However, the company is experimenting with multiple designs, so you can’t pick the version you get.

This guide will teach you the steps to turn on the updated version of the Widgets board on Windows 11 22H2.

Enable new Widgets UI on Windows 11 22H2

To enable the new Widgets UI on Windows 11 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open GitHub website.

  2. Download the ViveTool-vx.x.x.zip file to enable the new Widgets interface feature.

  3. Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.

  4. Click the Extract all button.

    Extract ViveTool files

  5. Click the Extract button.

  6. Copy the path to the folder.

  7. Open Start.

  8. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  9. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:

    cd C:\Folder\Path\ViveTool

    In the command, remember to change the path to the folder with your path.

  10. Type the following command to enable the new Widgets interface on Windows 11 22H2 and press Enter:

    vivetool /enable /id:40772499
  11. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the next time you open the Widgets board, you will notice the new navigation pane design on Windows 11 22H2.

It’s important to note that running the command will enable the feature if it’s available on your computer. After running the command, it may take sometime before you will see the new Widgets navigation.

If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step 10, make sure to use the command vivetool /disable /id:40772499 and restart the device.