Microsoft is always making little tweaks to Windows 10. Some of these changes have been more successful than others. The taskbar now has a Weather and News widget, but you may not like that. Thankfully, it’s easy to disable it.
The “News and Interests” widget started rolling out to Windows 10 PCs in June 2020. It’s pretty hard to miss when it appears. You’ll see a weather forecast in a small box next to the clock and notification area. Selecting the widget opens a panel with more weather info, stocks, sports scores, news, and more.
Not interested in having a Bing-powered weather and news widget on your taskbar? No problem, it’s easy to get rid of it. First, right-click anywhere on the taskbar.
From the menu, select “News and Interests” and then click “Turn Off” from the submenu.
That’s it! The weather widget will no longer be present in your taskbar. If you’d like to bring the News and Interest widget back at any time, simply open the same menu and select “Show Icon and Text.”
Alternatively, you can also select “Show Icon Only” for a smaller widget that takes up less room on your taskbar. Here’s a deep dive on how to configure the Windows 10 weather and news widget if you want to keep some of the items around in your taskbar.