How to Disable the Pointless People Icon on Windows 10’s Taskbar

I’ll admit it, I haven’t been using Windows for a while. So when I got a new Windows 10 PC and started using it, one of my first questions was “What is this annoying People icon and how do I remove it?” That’s what we’re going to disable today.

What Is the People Icon, Anyway?

The People icon lets you pin some contacts to your Taskbar so you can quickly chat with them via Skype or send them an email. Right now, it doesn’t integrate with apps you might actually want to use—like Facebook or Twitter or Whatsapp or…you get the point. Hopefully, you’ll be able to text from your PC at some point, but knowing Microsoft, they’ll make it a completely different application.

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More savvy readers probably disable this thing the very second they installed Windows 10, and they haven’t thought twice about it since then. But it’s there, and it’s annoying, and, for now at least, it’s pretty pointless. Who needs it?

How to Disable, Delete, Remove, Uninstall, Hide, Kill, and Destroy the People Icon on the Windows 10 Taskbar

Pointless features annoy me. Luckily, it’s really easy to make this one go away. Just right-click on the Taskbar and uncheck the “Show People on the taskbar” option.

Wow that was easy. So easy, in fact, that you are probably asking yourself why I wrote this article. To which I’d respond: why are you reading this article?

Because this feature is pointless and I just wanted to complain about it. That’s why. And you wanted to read about me complaining about it. And that’s okay too.

Lowell Heddings is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He spends all his free time making sure this site can bring you fresh geekery on a daily basis, and has been doing so for over eleven years.