Mac Widgets 8 Best Ways To Install, Use, and Manage

Life can be chaotic, can’t it? Emails to respond to, deadlines to meet, reminders to set, news to keep up with. The list goes on and on. But fear not, Mac Widgets are here to the rescue. They are like those trustworthy sidekicks, making your life a tad easier by providing quick access to important functions and information. Today, let’s unravel together the top ten ways to harness the potential of these handy helpers.

1. Accessing The Widget Gallery

To get the most out of your Mac, you’ll need to get familiar with the Widget Gallery. Follow these steps:

  • Right-click anywhere on your desktop screen.
  • A drop-down menu will appear. Select ‘Edit Widgets’.
  • Voila! The Widget Gallery will appear on the right side of your screen, showcasing a variety of widgets.
Accessing The Widget Gallery


2. Installing Widgets

Installing widgets is often tied to app downloads. Here’s how you do it:

  • Open the App Store on your Mac.
  • Browse or search for an app that offers a widget.
  • After you’ve downloaded and installed the app, the widget will be automatically added to your Widget Gallery.
Installing Widgets

3. Customizing Widgets

Customizing your widgets can truly make your Mac feel like your own. To do so:

  • Right-click on the widget you want to customize.
  • Select ‘Edit Widget’.
  • Make your preferred changes. This could be anything from changing the city for your weather widget or selecting different stocks for your stock widget.
Customizing Widgets

4. Resizing Widgets

Resizing widgets can help you make the most of your screen space. Here’s how:

  • Right-click on the widget you want to resize.
  • Select ‘Edit Widget’.
  • Choose your preferred size: small, medium, or large.
Resizing Widgets

5. Reordering Widgets

You’ll want your most used widgets to be easily accessible. To reorder your widgets:

  • Click and hold the widget you want to move.
  • Drag it to your preferred position in the sidebar.
  • Release the widget. It’s as easy as moving icons around your desktop.

6. Using Third-Party Widgets

Third-party widgets can offer functionality that built-in widgets might not. To use them:

  • Browse for third-party widgets on platforms like Widgy.
  • Follow their provided instructions to install and use them on your Mac.
  • Remember to only download from trusted sources to maintain your Mac’s security.
Using Third-Party Widgets

7. Managing Notifications

You might want to prevent certain widgets from sending notifications. To manage this:

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Choose ‘Notifications’.
  • Select the app whose notifications you want to manage.
  • Adjust the settings as per your preference, from turning off notifications to customizing their alert style.
Managing Notifications

8. Using Siri With Widgets

Let Siri be your assistant in managing widgets:

  • Press and hold the Siri button on your keyboard or say “Hey Siri” to activate her.
  • Command something like “Open Weather Widget,” and Siri will do the work for you.
  • Remember, Siri needs to be activated from System Preferences > Siri for this to work.
Using Siri With Widgets

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