How to remove Windows 10 news and interest icon from taskbar

How to remove unwanted Windows icon from taskbar

After a recent Windows update the “news and interest” icon or widget appeared on my taskbar. Now although this icon opens a window with some very useful and interesting local news and weather information I found it would occasionally open by itself and pin itself on top of any other window I might be using. I find that a bit frustrating and in addition sometimes it would not close, as it supposed to, when I clicked outside of it. There is also no little ’X’ in the top right hand corner to close it like you would most other windows.  If, like me you do not want this icon or widget on your task bar then here is how to remove the windows 10 news and interest icon from the taskbar.

  1. Right click on the Windows task bar and hover on the ‘News and interest’ option on the menu that opens up.
  2. Next move left to the secondary menu and select ‘turn off’ or if you just want to reduce the size of the icon select ‘show icon only’ as opposed to ‘show icon and text’
  3. To get the icon back on the taskbar, simply, right click the taskbar and select ‘News and interest’ – then select ‘show icon and text’ or ‘show icon only’

It is as simple as that.

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