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Windows 11 includes a Chat icon that links to Microsoft Teams in the taskbar. While handy, if you don’t use it, it’s easy to hide. Here’s how to disable it—and how to bring it back if you change your mind later.

How to Hide the Windows 11 Chat Button

Getting rid of the Chat icon in the Windows 11 taskbar is easy. To do so, right-click an empty spot on the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings” in the pop-up.

When Settings opens to Personalization > Taskbar, expand the “Taskbar Items” section near the top. Next, flip the “Chat” switch to “Off.”

In Personalization > Taskbar, switch "Chat" to "Off."

After that, close Settings, and you’re all set.

How to Show the Windows 11 Chat Button

If you change your mind and want the Chat icon back on your taskbar, right-click the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings.”

Windows Settings will open to Personalization > Taskbar. In “Taskbar Items,” switch “Chat” to “On.”

In Personalization > Taskbar, switch "Chat" to "On."

As soon as you flip the switch, the Chat icon will reappear in your taskbar. If you click it, you’ll find a handy way to chat with others through Microsoft Teams. Have fun!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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