Customization How to Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

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News and interests on the taskbar will begin rolling out to Windows 10 users on April 22, 2021.

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s current weather conditions directly on your taskbar and hover over the icon to see concise, scannable information from sports and stocks to local news and breaking headlines.

The information shown in news and interests is personalized for individual users. Users can customize the content they see, enabling scenarios like the following:
  • Keep an eye on nearby weather and traffic that may impact a commute.
    To change the location shown for weather and traffic updates, select More options (…) on the Weather or Traffic card, and select Edit Location.
  • Follow a topic related to professional or personal interests.
    Follow a specific topic related to an industry, job role, or subject to learn more about. To follow a specific topic, select Manage Interests and select or search for a topic.
  • Get personalized updates on stocks.
    Keep an eye on major market indicators, see top gainers or losers, or create a watch list of stocks to see updates throughout the day.
  • Share, save or see more stories.
    Select More options (…) on headlines and articles in news and interests on the taskbar to share them with others or save them to read later. Users can also request to see more or fewer stories like the ones shown.
In addition, the appearance of news and interests on the taskbar can be customized. Users can choose to right click or long press a blank space on the taskbar and select News and interests to customize. They can choose Show icon and text or, to save taskbar space, select Show icon only. Users can also select Turn off to unpin news and interests.

See also:
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the news and interests icon on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

The News and interests feature requires the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser to be installed on your PC.

News and interests is only available on primary monitors and where the taskbar is aligned to the bottom of the screen.



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Context Menu
  • Option Two: Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar using a BAT File


EXAMPLE: News and interests on taskbar


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OPTION ONE

Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Context Menu


This option will not be available while Tablet Mode is turned on.


1 Right click or press and hold on the taskbar on your main display (if you have more than one display). (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on News and interests, and click/tap on either Show icon and text (default), Show icon only, or Turn off (hidden) for what you want.

If you selected to Turn off news and interests, the Reduce taskbar updates and Open on hover settings will be disabled and grayed out.


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OPTION TWO

Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar using a BAT File


The downloadable .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds

ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode DWORD

0 = Show icon and text (default)
1 = Show icon only
2 = Turn off


1 Do step 2 (Show icon and text), step 3 (Show icon only), or step 4 (Hidden) below for what you want.

2 To Show "News and interests" Icon and Text on Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Show_icon_and_text_on_taskbar_for_News_and_interests.bat



3 To Show "News and interests" Icon Only on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Show_icon_only_on_taskbar_for_News_and_interests.bat



4 To Turn Off "News and interests" Icon on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Hide_icon_on_taskbar_for_News_and_interests.bat



7 Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run it.

8 Unblock the downloaded .bat file, and run the .bat file.

9 You will now notice a command prompt quickly opens and closes to make the registry changes, and your screen quickly flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Curious what went into the news and interests feature on taskbar? On this month's episode of the #WIPPodcast, we're joined by @alexleocampbell to get a sneak peek behind the scenes:


 

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Update for Windows 10 build 21332:

Over the last two months, we’ve been trying out several variations of the news and interests experience on the Windows taskbar. We have received a lot of great feedback from Windows Insiders and as a result, have landed on what we believe to be the best experience for customers. The news and interests flyout experience will now show two columns of content, making it easy to quickly glance over your feed of weather, headlines, money, and more. By default, it will open via hover or click. Based on your feedback, we will also be introducing an option to only open via click in a coming update. As a result of these changes, we’re resetting the roll out of news and interests to Insiders in the Dev Channel. This means that Insiders who previously had news and interests enabled on their taskbars may see it go away. Don’t worry, we hope to make news and interests available to everyone in the Dev Channel soon!

It is important to reiterate that by gradually rolling out features to Insiders like this, it really helps us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability.
 

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After updating to Windows 10 Build 19042.964, I am not getting the "News and Interests" option on right-clicking the taskbar. I have tried the couple of .bat files from this post but the outcome has not changed.
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Can anyone suggest any alternative solution?
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After updating to Windows 10 Build 19042.964, I am not getting the "News and Interests" option on right-clicking the taskbar. I have tried the couple of .bat files from this post but the outcome has not changed.

Can anyone suggest any alternative solution?
Thanks.
Hello Pritam, :)

News and Interests is a phased rollout, so you should get it eventually soon. This tutorial is only to add and remove it once you have it available.

I wouldn't recommend using some of the options out there that use a 3rd party tool to force enable the News and Interests feature. It could possibly break something.
 

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zeratul75

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really strange. For me It happens on 2 computers that the option totally disappeared. I am sure I received it, sure because I switched off almost immediately. Now I wanted to switch it on but have no option.
What could have been happen? Hard to think an issue, since it happens on 2 computers.....
 

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    windows 10
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