How to turn off Windows 10 Taskbar News and interests

With Windows 10 update 21364, we have new features called “News and Interests” on the Taskbar. However, currently while writing this article this is only available to Windows insiders.

News and Interests is a shortcut given on the Windows 10 Taskbar to quickly get a glimpse of Weather and various News fetched from MSN Feeds. 

So, if you have that on your system and in case it annoys you by diverting your attention from your work then, here are the steps to Turn Off Windows 10 News & Interests Feature.

Turn OFF Windows 10 News Interests Features

Steps to Disable Windows 10 News & Interests features

  1. Right-click on Windows 10 Taskbar
  2. Select News and Interests option
  3. Go to the sub-menu
  4. Click on Turn-off 
  5. This will remove the News & Interests icon from the Desktop.
  6. To get it back or enable the same you can follow the same steps, to unselect “Turn Off“.

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Apart from the Turn off option, you will also have some others such as:

Show icon and text- This will show an icon and a text that will show the current temperature as per your location right on your Windows 10 taskbar.

Show icon only- As its name suggest this will remove the additional text which is the value of current weather temperature.

Reduce Taskbar updates- This will control the updating of news and other content which you have selected from the MSN page, in short, it will reduce the time of refreshing to get the latest updates.

Open on Hover- Although, News and Interest feature itself is not a distracting element, however, the automatically opening of its Pop-up window as we take our mouse pointer on its icon is. Thus, simply uncheck this option to disable the pop-up of the News & Feature window as we hover our mouse on its icon.


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How to change content interest in Windows 10 Taskbar News

If you don’t want to see news related to politics and more interested in health, tech, and other categories then you can customize that as well.

  • Simply click on the “Manage Interest” option given at the top right of the pop-up window.
  • Windows Microsoft Edge browser will open.
  • Select or unselect the categories you want.
    Manage Interests


Note: Also make sure, you have logged in with the same Microsoft account on News & interests and Edge browser MSN page.

Manage MSN interests for News on Windows 10 taskbar




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