How to disable the weather widget of Windows 10

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Photo: monticello (Shutterstock) – Return your Windows10 machine to the clutter-free working bar.

You may have noticed the addition of a new – and rather annoying – weather and news widget in the taskbar if you have enabled automatic updates on Windows 10. The “news and interests” that Microsoft added to Windows 10 with an update version of 1909 is all that is wrong with Windows 10: inconsistent design elements, an added feature that nobody really wanted and a greater clutter you don’t have to have.

In contrast to the crooked high resolution elements around, the Taskbar widget looks a bit blurred, which increases sadness. (Microsoft, we are not mad at you; we are simply disappointed.)

Fortunately, you can remove it easily. Here’s how the following is:

  1. Right-click any part of the taskbar of your Windows 10. It is located in the bottom right corner of the screen on the left of the clock and network connectivity.
  2. Choose news and interest.
  3. Click Turn Off.

If your decision to delete this (not likely) widget is ever regretted, you can bring the widget back by right-clicking the taskbar anywhere and by choosing News & Interests. An option, called Show-Only icon, will also be seen, showing only the small weather icon without the next text.

Whenever you hover over the weather widget with your mouse pointer, a huge panel will appear with news and weather information. You may disable the news part of your widget only if you want to see the weather in your task bar, but don’t care much about news and updates powered by Microsoft.

For this go to the news and interests by right clicking on the working bar. Open on the hover now uncheck. The widget will remain in the taskbar, but the enlarged [noiseless!] news panel will not be able to open until you click on the widget.

And if you’re looking for alternatives, you can check out a lot of other great Windows weather applications.