Microsoft is testing Windows 11 desktop gadgets with the web search bar

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Cairo – Samia Sayed – Microsoft is adding optional web search to the Windows 11 desktop in the latest Insider Preview Build for the operating system, according to theverge report.

The company describes the feature as “lightweight interactive content and it’s the first, it says, of many tools it’s considering adding to Windows 11 — but let’s call it what it really is a widget.”

Not everyone who has signed up for the latest Windows 11 preview build will see the new search box, but anyone who likes it and doesn’t like it can disable the feature by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting “Show more options” and then toggle “Show search.”

And if you’re running the latest preview build, you’ll also have to restart your computer to give the search box a chance to appear.

Is web search on your desktop useful?

Maybe a useful feature for some and maybe not for others, it’s a web search instead of a system search (you can add it to the taskbar in Windows 10 and 11 for easy access), and it might be useful if you need to quickly pull up content after starting your device from scratch.

But most people, I guess, always have at least one browser window open, and may find it easier to search from there than to go to the desktop.

In any case, it’s interesting to see the company playing with desktop gadgets, rather than grouping them into a separate panel.

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