Windows 10’s News and Interests taskbar tool is a handy feature for people that wish to quickly glance at the weather and news reports. If that is not you, here is how to turn it off.


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Windows 10’s most current round of Patch Tuesday updates brings a minor upgrade to the desktop taskbar, as we reported in April. The News and Interests feature puts a curated news feed and neighborhood weather conditions onto your taskbar powered, by MSN and Microsoft News.

The News and Interests icon looks in Windows 10’s taskbar as an icon showing the weather, but put over the weather, and you are going to be treated to news headlines, sports scores, and traffic updates. Follow on the link on a news story and you will be taken to the complete article via Microsoft’s Edge browser.

It’s a wonderful feature if you would like to have at-a-glance weather on your taskbar, in addition to news updates only a click away. If you’d rather not possess News and Interests sitting there taking up space in your taskbar, nevertheless, getting rid of it easy.

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The setting you’re looking to disable News and Interests in your Windows 10 taskbar.

Right-click about the taskbar, also in the context menu which appears, select News and interests > Turn off. That is it! News and Interests is now gone.

If you change your mind and want to turn the feature back , simply right-click on the task bar again and this time select News and interests > Show text and icon or News and interests > Show icon depending on your taste.