Windows 10’s News and Interesting Topics taskbar tool is a handy feature for people who want to quickly take a look at the weather and news headlines. If you’re not, here’s how to disable it. […]
The latest round of Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10 brings a small upgrade to the desktop taskbar that we reported back in April. The News and Interesting Topics feature brings a curated news feed and local weather to your taskbar powered by MSN and Microsoft News.
The News and Interesting Topics icon appears in the taskbar of Windows 10 as an icon that shows the current weather, but if you hover over the weather, you will be provided with news headlines, sports scores and traffic updates. Click on the link of a message and you will be redirected to the full article via Microsoft’s Edge browser.
This is a nice feature if you want to have the weather in your taskbar at a glance and the news is just a click away. If you do not want news and interesting topics to take up space on your taskbar, you can easily get rid of them.
The setting you are looking for to disable news and interesting topics in the Windows 10 taskbar (c) Ian Paul / IDG
Right-click on the taskbar, and in the context menu that appears, select News and Interesting Topics > Turn off. That’s it! News and interesting topics has disappeared.
If you want to change your mind and turn the feature back on, just right-click on the taskbar again and this time choose either News and Interesting Topics > Show icon and text or News and Interesting Topics > Show icon, depending on your preference.
* Ian Paul is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a technical topic he didn’t like. He mainly reports on Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks and browsers. When he’s not covering the news, he’s working on guides for PC users or tweaking his eGPU setup.