How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

New Windows 10 update

This week everyone received the new update version 21H2 on their Windows 10 device.

The update included some nice new features, including the News & Interest widget on the taskbar.

How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

For all new features I would like to refer you to the Microsoft website:
What’s new in Windows 10, version 21H1 – What’s new in Windows | Microsoft Docs

You came to this tutorial because you want to remove the widget, so the first step is how to remove the news and weather widget from your taskbar.
Below that I have also written down a number of steps that you can do even more with the widget.


Let’s remove the Weather, news and Interest widget from the taskbar in Windows 10

  • Right click on the widget (Or anywhere on your taskbar)
  • Open News and Interests
  • Select Turn off
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

There are also other options than removing the News and Interest widget

What else is there then?

  • Well, for example, the language and the unit of degrees. Mine was set to Dutch and Fahrenheit.
  • Or just an Icon instead of the whole widget?
  • You can manage your interest
  • The tips and tricks for the widget (From Microsoft)
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

The widget uses your Microsoft account. If you want to change any of the settings, you will be automatically redirected to your profile on msn.com.


Language and unit of degrees

The language in my microsoft profile is Dutch, but because I build tutorials I prefer to see everything in English.

How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

The degrees are automatically adjusted to the chosen country and default in this country, but you can also adjust this on the screen itself. See the screenshot below.

How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

An icon only

I don’t think this option is that special, but you can also have an icon shown instead of text. It will show the weather as an icon, so for example a sunny day is a Sun.

  • Right click on the widget
  • Go to News and interest
  • Select Show icon only
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

Manage your interests

You can customize what you see when you open the widget.
You can do this by clicking on Manage interest.

How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

This will then open your profile on msn.com.

  • Search for news topics that interest you.
  • You can also follow or unfollow news topics here as shown in the screenshot below.
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

Tips and tricks from Microsoft

Click on the 3 dots in the upper-right corner of the widget and open Tips and tricks.

How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

This opens the Tips application in Windows. There are 5 tips for the News and Interest Widget right now.
You can click through these, but they are nothing special ( They’re practically the same as mine!).

How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10
How to remove the News and Interests from the taskbar in Windows 10

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work as a PowerShell Automation Engineer. My main focus is PowerShell, Azure AD, Azure Infrastructure, Server Management, and Exchange (Online).

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