Step to Disable News and Interests Widget on Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced a ‘news and interests’ taskbar widget for Windows 10. While the feature was not widely available before, it has now expanded to Windows Insiders in beta and release preview rings. It hints that the stable launch is imminent. Although helpful, this widget takes up space on the taskbar, and some people may not prefer using it. So in this article, we’ll be going through the steps involved to remove the news and interests widget from Windows 10’s taskbar.

Disable News and Interests Widget on Windows 10

Note: I tested this on a Windows 10 laptop running Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21359.1 in the Dev channel.

In case you’re out of the loop, news and interests is an upcoming Windows 10 feature that shows various information, including news, cricket scores, traffic updates, and weather, on the taskbar. Here’s how it looks:

news and interests windows 10 ui

Now, if you are not a fan of visual clutter, follow these steps to disable the news and interests widget on the Windows 10 taskbar right now:

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1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar, and you’ll see the following list of options. If you have access to the ‘news and interests’ feature, you’ll notice a new option titled ‘News and interests’ here. Click or hover your mouse pointer over it to see the expanded set of options.

taskbar settings page

2. There are three options you can use to customize this feature. You can choose to see the icon and text, just the weather icon, or entirely disable the news and interests widget entirely. You also have the option to make the widget pop up only when you click on it.

news and interests menu

3. If you don’t want the widget to take up so much space in your taskbar, you can choose to keep just the icon. Choose the ‘Show icon only’ option to see only a weather icon. Here’s how it looks when you enable icon-only mode:

show icon only

4. You can alternatively choose the ‘Turn off’ option to entirely disable the news and interests widget. As you can see below, the news and interests section no longer appears on the Windows 10 taskbar after I disabled it.

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turn off news and interests

Remove News and Interests from Taskbar in Easy Steps

So, that’s how you can get rid of Microsoft’s news and interests taskbar widget on your Windows 10 computer. If you want a similar feature that doesn’t exist in your taskbar, you should consider checking out Edge’s news and weather feed. We’ve also written a tutorial you can follow to get news and weather widget on Microsoft Edge right now. For more such tips, check out our article on the best Windows 10 tips and tricks.

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