How to use desktop widgets in macOS Sonoma

The most recent version of Apple’s software, macOS Sonoma, demonstrates the company’s dedication to boosting personalization and customisation on Mac. The tech giant created a lot of interest when it unveiled interactive desktop widgets for the Mac at WWDC23. I’ll show you how to add or remove desktop widgets on macOS Sonoma in this article.

How to add widgets to desktop in macOS Sonoma

There are two ways to add interactive widgets to your Mac desktop: through the Notification Centre and by right-clicking the desktop. The examples for both approaches are given below.

Method 1: Add widget using right click

  1. Go to your Mac desktop.
  2. If you’re using a Mac trackpad, tap with two fingers.
    If you have a Magic Mouse or any wireless mouse connected to your Mac, find an empty area on the screen and right-click there.
  3. Select Edit Widgets from the prompt displayed.

    Right click on Home Screen and select Edit Widgets
  4. From the left pane, choose the app for which you need widgets.
  5. From the right pane, select the widget style of your preference. Upon clicking, the widget will automatically move to your desktop.

    From the left pane choose the widgest and from the right pane select it's appearance

Alternatively, you can hover over the widget → Click the green plus (+) icon. Moreover, you can also drag and drop your preferred widget onto the desktop.

Method 2: Add widget from Notification Center

  1. To access the Notification Center, click the Date and Time located in the top right corner of the menu bar.
  2. Simply drag and drop any widget you desire from the Notification Center to the Mac desktop.

    How to add widgets from Notification Center

That’s it! The selected widget will appear on your desktop.

Further, you can also check out our article on the best notification center widgets for Mac to unlock the capabilities of the Notification Center.

How to remove desktop widgets in macOS Sonoma

If you no longer find widgets useful on your Mac desktop, removing them is a simple process.

Right-click the widget you wish to remove → Select Remove Widget.

Right-click on the widget your wish to remove and select Remove Widget

Additionally, let’s say you unintentionally picked one while installing a new widget from the widget centre. Then, you can choose to delete the widget by selecting the minus (-) icon in its upper-left corner before returning to the desktop.

While trying to add a new widget from the widget center, you can click the (-) button

Widgets available for Mac desktop

Below mentioned are some of the most important and commonly used widgets that are available in macOS Sonoma:

  • Calendar: Displays your upcoming events and appointments.
  • Clock: Demonstrates the current time, date, and weather.
  • Notes: Showcases the most recent to-do lists and notes.
  • Photos: Exhibits of your latest photos and videos.
  • Safari: Highlights the bookmarks and websites you cherish the most.
  • Stocks: Reveals the most recent stock prices.
  • Weather: Provides a forecast as well as the current weather conditions.

There are numerous other native apps that have widgets accessible for the Mac desktop, including Screen Time, Shortcuts, Podcasts, and others.

Additionally, Apple asserted that it had made it simpler for programmers to make unique widgets for macOS Sonoma. As a result, I think the Mac will soon be furnished with a variety of widgets to accommodate varied interests and requirements.

Benefits of using desktop widgets on Mac

You can benefit from a number of things by using widgets on your Mac desktop. I’ll list a few:

  • Instant access to information: You can receive instant access to important information through widgets, such as weather updates, events on your calendar, or a to-do list. This helps you keep organised and saves time.
  • Personalization: You can customise widgets to show the data that is most important to you. This makes it possible for a more distinctive and aesthetically pleasing desktop experience.
  • Enhanced efficiency: You can perform tasks using widgets rather than opening specific programmes. Instead of opening the appropriate apps like Messages, Clock, or Calendar, you may reply to messages, set timers, or add events to your calendar directly from the widgets.
  • Increased productivity: Widgets help you be more productive by giving you the information and resources you need to complete tasks. Widgets can be used to monitor project progress, remain up to date on email, or get reminders about forthcoming activities, all of which will increase productivity.


Can I customize the look of the widgets?

Unfortunately, right now, there is no way to customise how the widgets look on your Mac desktop. Nevertheless, you have access to a wide range of pre-made templates for your choice.

That’s it!

You can easily add or remove widgets to create a desktop environment that is tailored to your own needs and offers rapid access to the tools and information that are most important to you. For more information about the brand-new macOS Sonoma, see the read more section below.


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