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How to Remove News and Interests Widget from Windows 10's Taskbar

How to Remove Weather and News from Windows 10 Taskbar

News and Interests widget (News and Weather widget) is downloaded automatically via Windows Update. Many people find it annoying and wish to remove it. This article will show you how to disable it.

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The News and Interests Widget is a Buggy Mess

Many Windows users found the new widget buggy. It received criticism due to the displayed text being blurry. The text inside the widget is blurry because the widget is an embedded web view. Therefore, the taskbar shows a website all the time.

The Widget is Designed to Push MSN.com

The News and Interests widget is designed not to allow you to read the news in the widget. Instead, clicking on a news story will open your web browser and redirect you to MSN.com, which contains ads.

How to Disable the News and Interests Widget

Unfortunately, the lazy interface design of the News and Weather widget makes it feel like its purpose is to redirect users to the MSN web page for ad revenue. It's also apparent that its rollout was rushed, resulting in a buggy mess of a widget.

If you don't want the News and Interests widget in your taskbar, you can easily remove it by following the instructions below.

Video Guide on How to Remove News and Interests Widget from Windows 10 Taskbar

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Disable the News and Interests Widget

Right-click the taskbar, go to News and interests and click Turn off

1. Right-click the Windows taskbar.

2. In the menu, select News and interests.

3. Then, click Turn off from the submenu.

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Minimize the News and Interests Widget Icon

Alternatively, you may also minimize the space the widget takes up in the taskbar by selecting the Show Icon only option.

Right-click the taskbar, go to News and interests and click Show icon only

1. Right-click the Windows taskbar.

2. In the menu, select News and interests.

3. Then, click Show icon only from the submenu.

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Prevent the News and Interests Widget From Opening Accidentally

If you want to keep the widget icon, but you don't want it accidentally opening when you hover over it, you can disable the Open on hover option.

Right-click rthe taskbar, go to News and Interests and disable the Open on hover option

1. Right-click the Windows taskbar.

2. In the menu, select News and interests.

3. Then, click the Open on hover option to disable it.

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