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How to turn off the News and Interests feature of Windows 10

News and Interests is a new feature of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that is currently in testing. Introduced in Insider build 21286, News and Interests is available in certain geographical regions only currently. Microsoft has not yet revealed if the feature will land in the upcoming next feature update version of Windows 10.

News and Interests

news and interests windows 10

News and interests displays weather information on the Windows 10 taskbar when it is enabled. The information is localized, and you get the current temperature and weather conditions displayed directly on the taskbar. When you hover over the icon, news and interests is displayed, hence the name of the feature.

A left-click on the icon opens a news widget with personal feed widgets.

windows 10 news widget

 

It features headlines, sports, weather, finance and traffic information by default for the selected region and language. Ads are not shown and links open in Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser even if another web browser is set as the default browser on the system.

A click on the three dots icon and the selection of language and content opens a configuration page. Here you may change the region and language, and turn off or on certain cards based on interests.

news and interests configuration

One thing that you cannot change here currently is the location the weather information is displayed for; this can be edited in the News and interests widget directly by selecting the three-dots menu of the weather card and then "edit location" from the menu that opens. You may switch from auto-detect to a fixed location.

Turn off News and Interests

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Some Windows 10 users may like that weather information is displayed on the taskbar, or that news are just a single-click away. Those who don't, may disable the News and interests widget to remove it from the taskbar.

Here is how that is done:

  1. Right-click on the News and interests entry on the Windows 10 taskbar.
  2. Select the News and interests entry on the menu that opens.
  3. To disable the feature entirely, select "turn off".
    1. You may alternatively reduce it to an icon-only display.
    2. You may also select "reduce taskbar updates".

Changes take effect immediately. To restore the feature, right-click on a blank space on the taskbar, select "News and interests" and then either "show icon and text" or "show icon only".

Administrators may turn off the feature using the Windows Registry as well:

  1. Open the Windows Registry editor
    1. Select Start
    2. Type regedit.
    3. Select the Registry Editor result.
    4. Confirm the UAC prompt.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds.
  3. Locate the Dword value ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode.
    1. If it does not exist, right-click on Feeds and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
    2. Name it ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode.
  4. The following values are supported:
    1. Value 0: Both the weather icon and temperature is shown.
    2. Value 1: Only the weather icon is displayed.
    3. Value 2: The feature is turned off.
  5. Restart the computer.

Now You: what is your take on the News and interests widget? Good feature?

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How to turn off the News and Interests feature of Windows 10
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Find out how to turn off (disable) the News and Interests feature of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that displays weather information on the taskbar and news.
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  1. Bubbles said on February 24, 2021 at 9:50 am
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    > what is your take on the News and interests widget? Good feature?

    I have no use for it. In fact, I can’t recall ever seeing it. I guess I’ve turned it off long ago.

    Ghacks should write articles about each and every little thing we can turn off in Win 10.

    Oh boy!

    1. Corky said on February 24, 2021 at 12:11 pm
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      Maybe because unless you’re using the insider build from a month ago that ‘feature’ hasn’t been included in Windows, yet.

  2. John C. said on February 24, 2021 at 10:19 am
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    This would be news and interests as allowed by Microsoft. No thanks. And it’s just another thing running in the background which probably lowers the speed of your computer and exposes you to security risks. When I want news or weather, I open my browser and click on the bookmarks for them that I have in the bookmark toolbar.

  3. Shell32 said on February 24, 2021 at 10:29 am
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    Thank you, Martin.
    I love your site for such little things for Windows and registry)

  4. Herman Cost said on February 24, 2021 at 2:57 pm
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    I don’t ever want big tech to decide what news I am allowed to see or not see. No thank you.

    1. owl said on February 25, 2021 at 9:01 am
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      👍

  5. Allwynd said on February 24, 2021 at 6:27 pm
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    I never had this feature at all, even though my Windows 10 was updated to the absolute latest, running build 20H2 19042.804.

    Seeing as this is being turned off in Edge, I never really opened the new Edge at all – used IE to download my browser of choice. But when Edge started acting like Malware – hijacking IE and then opening unclosable windows and whatnot, I uninstalled Edge, so I never got this taint that is called “News and Interests” to begin with.

    Honestly, I’ve been using Windows since Windows XP and have been using every version with Windows 8 the least, but before Windows 8, there was not such bloat in Windows and certain nagging aspects of it did not act like malware.

    1. Anonymous said on February 24, 2021 at 8:26 pm
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      My bad I found out this is for Insider builds, there is no way to have it in Stable builds…

    2. Allwynd said on February 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm
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      @Allwynd

      EDIT: That’s for Insider builds.

    3. vanp said on February 25, 2021 at 6:32 am
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      Pay attencheone (that’s Italiano–sort of)–

      As stated, at present this nonsense is in only an Insider build; it hasn’t been placed in the public-release version of the OS.

  6. Anonymous said on February 24, 2021 at 9:10 pm
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    Something else to complicate the system and take up disk space. A better idea would be a feature that allows you to add what you like to your desktop. Add whatever you want. Don’t add what you don’t want. They could call it a widget. Oh, that’s right. They gave us widgets then stuffed that up. Their ‘cure’ is to add compulsory rubbish that many of us don’t want or use?

  7. Trey said on February 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm
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    Seems to me Windows Vista and 7 had “Gadgets” – news and weather etc on the desktop too.

    I always turn this kind of stuff off. Would prefer that if MS did release something like this it would be an optional Powertoy or something. The less bloat injected into the native code the better.

    And yea… “News” as defined by gate-keeping providers is just borrowing from the likes of Facebook.

    1. owl said on February 25, 2021 at 9:02 am
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      👍

  8. bloatfreewilly said on February 25, 2021 at 12:03 am
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    Will need a whole new article in the feature how to completely rip this junk out of Windows 10.

    The whole Windows shell is becoming bloated web view. Why Microsoft isn’t building these features native? This is lazy and promotes msn.com. https://windows.msn.com/shell

  9. owl said on February 25, 2021 at 10:18 am
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    The Web is contaminated with falsehoods, hate speech, and exclusion and discrimination, and it’s also hideous to browsing.

    I’ve been operating a PC for business and private for about 40 years, and I’m tired of the digitally short-circuited (end up being fruitless) world.
    At home, our family changed their lives to the slow life of “digital detox” in order to regain an analog-like lifestyle according to the instincts of living things.

    News is obtained from a regular subscription to several newspapers, and community tools at work and in the community, and also from is “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine” and bulletin of the NGO I belong to, etc.
    I can analyze the weather forecast by myself as long as I have a weather map and general weather conditions (barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed, wind direction, etc.).

    In my opinion,
    I don’t need such an information display function. Above all, the “OS” that forms the basis of the system should be limited to the minimum required, and such bloatware is annoying.
    In other words, these types of things should be made into “extensions such as Microsoft apps” that can be added by users who need them.

    1. Anonymous said on February 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm
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      “The Web is contaminated with falsehoods, hate speech, and exclusion and discrimination”

      Except that it’s a campaign from actors like the CIA, the FBI, Big Tech, and corporate media, and it’s about *their* very right-wing definition of all that. Which does not include the main source of disinformation by far which is theirs, and the main source of hate speech, exclusion and discrimination which by far is theirs. In France the government is now using the Capitol assault in an incredible intellectual contortion as an excuse to purge left-wing, anti-racist, anti-imperialist intellectuals from the university, while at the same time Israel apartheid regime forbids the Palestinians to get COVID vaccinations on racist grounds with their complicity, and NGO that fight such things in the west are jailed on grounds of “racism” or “supporting terrorism” with the approval of the previous groups. This site is one of the few ones where I am still sometimes allowed to post such comments. And it had a terrible cost in retaliations in my life.

      Wake up. Please.

  10. Anonymous said on February 25, 2021 at 2:08 pm
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    Another useless feature like People hub, Meet now, Ink workspace. When will they learn no one wants this trash? This should be optional in windows roles and features.

  11. Jeff M.S. said on February 26, 2021 at 11:52 am
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    I like the idea of News and Interests but it does not show me relevant weather info like the open source TrayWeather shows for instance. I want to see air quality and humidity data, not temperature. Microsoft as always falls short of expectations.

  12. James said on February 28, 2021 at 12:37 am
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    Not interested. As a separate app that can be uninstalled it’s fine, but would rather not have it included in the OS itself.

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