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How to Get Rid of Weather on Windows 10 Taskbar

The weather widget on your Windows 10 taskbar sometimes may be annoying and frustrating because it will automatically open when you hover on it, and half of the screen is covered which is no use to you. If you don’t like it, this post will tell you how to turn off, disable or remove it on Windows 10 taskbar.

Why is The Weather Icon on My Windows 10 Taskbar

The weather widget – News and Interests in Windows 10 is one tweak to Windows 10 by Microsoft. The widget was propagated by the Windows Update channel in June 2021. This feature allows users to get the latest news and updates quickly.

Microsoft says this feature “provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices.”

Though this feature can provide a good way to get a glance at what is the current weather like and what is happening in the world. But it still will annoy people when lifting your mouse over this widget will pop up a box full of different news. Its default status is enabled and you can disable it.

How to Disable Weather Icon from Windows 10 Taskbar

If you don’t want to let the weather icon shows on your taskbar, you can disable it through the following methods.

Turn off Weather From the Taskbar Settings

1. Right-click the taskbar and choose News and interests on the menu list.

2. Choose to Turn Off to disable the weather widget.

remove weather from windows 10 taskbar settings

Disable the “Open on hover” function

As mentioned above, it’s annoying every time you hover your mouse cursor over the weather widget, the “News and interests” panel will appear.

To make sure it won’t appear the next time you hover your mouse over it, you can uncheck the “Open on hover” option in the taskbar menu list.

windows 10 taskbar uncheck open on  hover

Disable through the group policy editor

When you have some trouble with your taskbar, you can use the Windows 10 Group Policy Editor to disable the weather widget from the taskbar on your PC.

1. Search Group Policy and click Edit Group Policy.

search group policy editor

2. Enter the following path:

Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Component>> News and interests

3. Open Enable news and interests on the taskbar, and then select Disabled.

4. Click apply and reboot your PC.

Remove through the registry editor

If you want to completely remove or delete weather from your Windows 10 taskbar, you can use the registry editor to help you remove it.

Editing the PC’s registry may lead to system or data damage if not done under instruction. So, be cautious, and don’t forget to back up your system’s registry when editing.

1. Run Registry Editor as administrator.

2. Enter the following path and double-click on ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode and set its value to 2.


3. Click OK and exit the editor, and then reboot your PC.

How to Enable Weather Icon on Windows 10 Taskbar

If you have already removed the weather widget and want to get it back on your taskbar, you can do the following steps on your PC.

1. Right-click the taskbar and choose News and interests > Show icon and text on the menu list.

windows 10 taskbar enable news and interests

2. Then the weather widget will show near the Clock and Notifications area on the taskbar.

If you just want to see the icon of the current weather (a cloud, the sun, rain, snow, etc.), you can choose the Show icon only option.

windows 10 taskbar news and interests show icon only

FAQ about Remove Weather from Windows 10 Taskbar

Q1: Why does the Weather icon not show on my taskbar on Windows 10?

You can right-click on the taskbar free space and check if News and interests option is turned off or not in the taskbar menu.

Q2: How to remove the Weather app from Windows 10?

Click Start menu > Settings and then enter Apps > Apps and Features. Click on the Weather app and click Uninstall to remove the Weather app from your PC.

Q3: How to add the temperature icon to the taskbar?

Click the weather icon and then click Edit location and unit. Choose Celsius or Fahrenheit to save and you will see the temperature icon on your taskbar.

Q4: What is the weather widget?

It’s a small tool that can let you see weather information at a glance without opening an app.

Q5: How to launch the weather widget on my laptop?

Click on the weather widget on your laptop and it will launch automatically. Once it is running, you can drag it around to move it to the location on the screen as you desired.

Q6: Where can I get other widgets for Windows 10?

Widget Launcher is the next generation of Gadgets for Windows 10, which is now better than ever before with additional skins and widgets supported. And you can download it from the Microsoft Store.

Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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