3 Easy Ways to Disable News and Interests in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are three different ways to disable news and interests from the taskbar. The News and Interests features can be turned off using the Taskbar options, Group Policy, and the Registry.

Windows 10 version 21H1 introduced a new feature called “News and Interests” that offers a quick overview of key headlines and weather information relevant to you. Similarly, in Windows 11, Microsoft has added a weather widget icon to the taskbar as an entry point for widgets.

According to Microsoft, with news and interests, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day. If you don’t like this new feature addition and want to disable it, Microsoft provides a way to hide the News and Interests from the Taskbar.

Along with News and Interests, the task bar displays a day’s local weather forecast. The News and Interests icon when hovered over opens a window that provides quick access to a wealth of information.

News and Interests in Windows 10
News and Interests in Windows 10

Best Features of News and Interests

The Windows 10 taskbar’s News and Interests offers the following features:

  • Keeping up to date: With news and interests from the Windows 10 taskbar, you get the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more. You have access to news and interesting content from over 4,500 global brands and even live weather maps.
  • Personalize your feed: You can customize the content that you want to see and get rid of the ones that you don’t like or is unrelated to you. You can also use emoji to react to stories, which is a nice feature. When you click the refresh icon, the new content is displayed.
  • Privacy Dashboard: Through news and interests, there is quick access to the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. To access the privacy dashboard, hover the News and Interests icon and click three horizontal dots ... and select Privacy Dashboard. Through the Microsoft Edge browser, there are built-in controls to limit tracking from advertisers and third parties. And if news and interests doesn’t appeal to you, you can easily turn it off by right-clicking on the taskbar.

To personalize your feed, click Manage Interests. From the Discover Interests window, you can select what you want to see in the feed. There are wide range of topics per category.

News and Interests in Windows 10
News and Interests in Windows 10

If you want to get rid of News and Interests on the Windows 10 taskbar, there are 3 ways to disable or remove it from the Windows 10 taskbar.

Note: The below steps have been tested only on Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise editions.

Disable News and Interests from Windows 10 Taskbar

  • Login to Windows 10 computer.
  • Right click Windows 10 taskbar and click News and Interests.
  • Select Turn off to disable News and Interests from Windows 10 taskbar.
Disable News and Interests from Windows 10 Taskbar
Disable News and Interests from Windows 10 Taskbar

Remove News and Interests using the Registry

The following steps can be used to remove News and Interests via Registry.

  • Open Registry Editor by running regedit command.
  • Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds.
  • On the right side, double-click on ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode to modify the value data.
  • Set the value to 2 to completely disable News and Interests.
Remove News and Interests via Registry
Remove News and Interests via Registry

After you make the above changes, log off and login back. You should now notice that the News and Interest doesn’t show on the taskbar anymore.

There are three values that you can specify for ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode and they are as follows.

  • 0 – Shows icon and text
  • 1 – Show only icon
  • 2 – Hide News and Interests

Note: This method is for advanced users who know how to edit a registry and make the changes. I would recommend using the first method because it is easy to follow. If you still want to use the registry to turn off news and interests, ensure you back up the registry first.

Disable News and Interests using Group Policy

You can use Group Policy to disable News and Interest in Windows 10 taskbar.

  • Open the Local Group Policy Editor by running the gpedit.msc command.
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > News and interests.
  • On the right pane, double-click on the Enable news and interests on the taskbar policy.
  • Select Disabled to turn off News and Interests feature.

Using the above steps, you’ve completely turned off News and Interests in Windows 10. For changes to take effect, close Local Group Policy Editor and restart your computer.

Disable News and Interests via Group Policy
Disable News and Interests via Group Policy

I have shared multiple methods to turn off the news and interest features in Windows 10. Kindly let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving a comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

How do I turn off Windows 10 News and Interests?

The setting you’re looking for to disable News and Interests is on your Windows 10 taskbar. Right-click on the taskbar, and in the context menu that appears, select News and interests > Turn off. That’s it! News and Interests is gone.

What is Windows 10 News and Interests?

Windows 10 news and interests feature adds a new icon or button to Taskbar which displays weather forecast updates and latest news feed in form of a fly out panel.

What methods can I use to turn off News and Interests on Windows 10 taskbar?

You can remove News and Interests feature using Registry, Group Policy, and from Taskbar options.

32 thoughts on “3 Easy Ways to Disable News and Interests in Windows 10”

  1. Thank you so much Prajwal sir,

    I was here for information about, ‘How to turn off the News and interest data from Windows 10 Task bar.’

    And your simple procedure and screenshots Helps me a lot.

    Thank you so much again.

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  2. My News And Interests in Turned Off; my regedit selections as stated is 2, and I can’t get into gpedit.msc – and the news widget is still in my search bar. Yes, I rebooted my computer – three times, once after seeing it, I turned off, once after regedit, and again just for good measure – and these dodos want me to go to Win 11?

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  3. This feature is so poorly implemented. It shows me the weather at a glance which is useful, then I click it and it shows me news articles about people being murdered. How the hell did this get approved in its current state?

    Anyway, thanks for the info on how to disable it.

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  4. Thank you. I wanted to switch to Linux because of these annoying thumbnails but then I could not have used MS Word and Outlook.

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  5. I tried to disable the news feed on our windows 10 home 64bit laptops, but the colorful part of the search window on the right side is still there. The popup doesn’t popup any more, but how do I make the color images on the right side of the taskbar search area go away?

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    • Let me help you with this.
      Right-click on the taskbar, at the Search box, point to Show search highlights and uncheck it.
      That was it!

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  6. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds

    IsFeedsAvailable

    0

    Goodbye context menu option along with news and feeds.

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  7. It doesn’t work. I tried the taskbar method, the News and Interest was and has always been ‘turned off’. Still I get the crap from MSN every day.

    This is why people hate microsoft so much. The windows programs works but all the fluff and bloat and unwanted intrusions makes us hate msn even more.

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  8. Worth mentioning: up until 20H2 your GPO at Computer Config > Policies > Administrative… > Windows Components > News and interests would be sufficient. After I upgraded our Workstations I started to see these icons again.
    Thanks to your article above, I learnt that MS introduced a new Registry value that’s however Userconfig, not Computerconfig, so the GPO wont ever be able to cover it. Disappointing to see, that the GPO as a final killswitch was apparently overridden by all this.
    I ended up adding the Registry key/value via the usual mechano under Userconfig > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry.

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    • I once tried to disable it by default with a script like the following so users could still re-enable it if they wanted

      reg load HKEY_USERS\DefaultUser c:\users\Default\NTUSER.DAT
      reg add HKEY_USERS\DefaultUser\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds /v ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f
      reg unload HKEY_USERS\DefaultUser

      But it doesn’t work, Windows resets that value to 0 upon generation of the user profile

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  9. Windows 10 21H2:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Feeds
    Create new DWORD (32-bit) Value
    Name: EnableFeeds
    Value: 0 (disabled) or 1 (enabled)

    Log out and log back in and you’ll see it disappear

    Found this information in the newly released ADMX templates for 21H2, tested and working.

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  10. I like the weather display in the taskbar, I just don’t want the news and interests. Is there a way to get just the weather in the taskbar?

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  11. Thank you for put this out there. This has to be one of the most irritating updates from Microsoft. Something else I didnt want.

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  12. FYI.
    Have you tested your methods ? I have windows 10 Home edition with 21H1.
    First one does not work because the right click function is gone from taskbar and desktop!
    I cannot find fix for it!
    Your second method in the registry there is no HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds setting!
    Your third fix, Home edition group policy editor is disabled !
    I am very disappointed with Microsoft thinking we want all this garbage taking resources.

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    • you can create the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds
      registry key and add the dword 32 bti value of
      ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode with a value of 2 to diable

      Reply

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