How to Enable or Disable News and Interests Feature from Windows 10 Taskbar?

Enable or Disable News and Interests Feature

There is a new feature added to the Windows 10 Taskbar called, “News and Interests” on the April 2021 update. However, Microsoft also gives you the option to enable or disable News and Interests feature at any point of time if you don’t need it or if it’s not required.

Make sure your Windows is up-to-date if you want to use this latest feature.

If you see news and interests (icon with text) lying on your Windows 10 taskbar, this will provide you with information that might be useful or important to you.

By default, the News and Interests icon along with text should automatically enable your Windows 10 taskbar once the Windows update is complete.

You do not need to look for any app, website or any other resource.

News and interests on the taskbar give you information such as weather, latest news headlines, stock, traffic updates and many other information based on your interest.

Check out the image below, this is how it looks from your Windows 10 Taskbar.

news and interests widget

Once you click on that, it will appear as an image below:

enable or disable news and interests feature

How to Turn off and Turn on News and Interests Widget?

On the other hand, many users dislike it and are looking for ways to turn off the News and Interests option from their taskbar?

Hereby, we have come up with two options. Using the two methods below, you can easily add or remove news and interests icon from the Windows 10 taskbar:

Option 1: Add or Remove News and Interests Widget from Taskbar

Using the taskbar only, you can easily remove or turn on the news and interests widget icon. Here is how:

  • Right-click on your Windows 10 taskbar
  • Navigate to News and interests
  • In the associated context menu, you will see the Show icon and text, Show icon only and Turn off
  • Based on your choice, select the option. Once you select Turn off, it will immediately go away from your taskbar

turn off news and interests from windows 10 taskbar

Note: if you want the News and Interests widget back on the taskbar, apply the above steps and select the Show icon and text.

Option 2: Show or Hide News and Interests Widget from Taskbar with BAT file

This is another easy way to disable News and Interests feature from your Windows 10 taskbar is by using a batch (.bat) file.

The Batch file will quickly modify the registry entry and enable or disable the associated feature.

Click the download button to get the associated .bat files in a single folder.

Lastly, once you run one of the batch files, you should notice that the command prompt window will quickly open and close to make the registry changes.

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