How to disable Windows 10’s News and Interests taskbar newsfeed

There are lots of interesting features in Windows 10 but what if suddenly a new one appears and you don’t need it at all?

How to disable Windows 10’s News and Interests taskbar newsfeed
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There are lots of interesting features in Windows 10 but what if suddenly a new one appears and you don’t need it at all?

Thanks to Microsoft and being a part of the May 2021 Patch Tuesday-update, a new nagging feature appeared straight from the nowhere: The „News and Interest“-taskfeed with — more or less — information you might not have requested is now a part of your taskbar. Luckily, you can get rid of this new „feature“ once you have decided that it might be useless of for your needs.

While forecasting the local weather directly in the taskbar (which lacks space anyway, just like any status bar does due to the amount of information displayed therein) might be okay, reading top stories, sport scores or stocks isn’t a must when productively working with Windows 10. You may further personalize your feed which is — of course — powered by MSN by logging in with your specific Microsoft account but not change the location as it seems to be fixed to the right border of your screen so far.

Bug or an overloaded, unwanted feature?

Right-clicking the task-bar and selecting „News and Interests“ (see my German screenshot below) will lead you to some options, anyway. As we got used to with other add-ons, you may change wether you want the symbol and the text displayed or just the symbol alone or turn off the new feature entirely.

How to disable

In case you should want it back once, just follow the same way to enable the widget again. Anyway, it would ne nice from Microsoft to leave the answer to the question if this widget should be activated or not in the user’s hands. Foisting new things without a choice doesn’t look good at all and ruins the impression of a modern and constantly-improving Windows 10 just like the unwanted installation of Microsoft Office Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) did last October.

Give it a thought, Microsoft!