3 Easy Ways to Disable News and Interests in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can disable News and Interests from taskbar using 3 different ways. Windows 10 21H1 introduced a new feature called News and Interests. The news and interests offers a quick overview of key headlines and weather information relevant to you.

According to Microsoft, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day.

On the task bar, you can also see a local weather forecast for the day with News and interests. Hovering the News and Interests icon pulls up a window that shows a lot of information at one glance.

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

The News and Interests on the taskbar lets you do the following.

  • Staying up to date – With news and interests from the 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 don’t like to see the News and Interests on your 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 via 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 Registry to disable News and interests, ensure you back up the registry first.

Disable News and Interests via Group Policy

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

  • Open 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 disable News and Interests.

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

How do I Quickly turn off 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.

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

  1. 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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  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds

    IsFeedsAvailable

    0

    Goodbye context menu option along with news and feeds.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

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