How to add and use desktop widgets with macOS Sonoma?

MacOS Sonoma desktop widgets © ©

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The macOS Sonoma operating system now allows you to add widgets to the desktop. Here’s how to use this new feature.

What are desktop widgets on macOS?

Widgets are small interactive windows that allow you to display useful information in real time and perform some common tasks without opening the full application. From weather forecasts to notepads, exchange rates and system performance monitoring, desktop widgets offer improved accessibility. Previously present on the right side of the screen, in the notifications pane, macOS Sonoma allows them to be displayed directly on the desktop.

How to add a widget with macOS Sonoma

Prerequisites for this tutorial:

To add a desktop widget, you need to make sure you have macOS Sonoma installed on your Mac. To find out the version of macOS installed, we invite you to follow the steps in our tutorial on updating a Mac system.

1. Open the widgets pane

The first step is to open the widgets pane. To do this, click on the top bar, in the right corner of the screen, as if you wanted to display notifications. This has the effect of opening the Widgets pane.

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Open the notifications and widgets pane on macOS Sonoma

2. Access to modifying Widgets

In the widgets and notifications pane, look for the “edit widgets” button and click on it. This has the effect of opening a new window, located in the lower part of the screen.

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Open the widget editing menu on macOS Sonoma

3. Select widgets to add to the desktop

In this new window, you navigate by category of available widgets. The operation consists of clicking on one of these and dragging it to the desired location on the desktop.

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Add a widget on macOS Sonoma

How to edit a desktop widget on macOS Sonoma

1. Change the appearance of an added widget

Once the three steps of adding a widget have been completed, it is possible to modify the appearance of the windows positioned on the desktop. To do this, right-click on the widget in question. The “Modify XXX” button allows you to adjust the parameters inherent to the selected widget. In the same context menu, we find the possibility of choosing the size of the widget on the desktop.

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Edit a desktop widget on macOS Sonoma

2. Remove a widget from desktop

In case of incorrect handling or simply to delete one of the widgets previously added to the desktop, right-click on the widget concerned and select “delete widget”.

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Remove a desktop widget on macOS Sonoma

We’ve seen how to add a desktop widget to macOS Sonoma, Apple’s latest operating system. We’ve also reviewed methods for editing and removing these small interactive windows. Note that the different widgets available depend on the applications installed on your system and that not all apps have widget support.

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