Messy Weather Widget Rolls Out for Windows 10/11 – Here is How to Disable

Windows 10’s new weather widget is nothing but a mess – as experts and reviewers say. Windows 10’s latest update adds a weather widget in Windows 10’s taskbar. Same widget can be found on the latest Windows 11 PC. This is not actually a weather widget; you may call it the “News and Interests” widget technically. Rather than showing the actual weather, it displays the news from all over the world, including weather, scores, stocks, and traffic details. The blurriness of the widget in Windows 10’s taskbar falls in criticism from the beginning. According to an expert, the weather widget is implemented purposely by the Microsoft to promote the Bing-powered content from the MSN website. Thus the company wants to earn some extra revenue by displaying advertisements in the news content.

What the expert’s view regarding the recent weather widget by Microsoft in Windows 10 and Windows 11? Is it the beginning of Windows 11, which Microsoft starts pushing gradually but very slowly? Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No.’ The widget is the embed view of a web page that uses the EdgeHTML engine, which has become old these days. As this is the embedded view of a web page, that’s why the appearance of the weather widget seems blurry all the time, irrespective of weather conditions. Another noticeable thing is that without using the Windows setting’s interface, all the news links are opened using Microsoft’s Edge browser, bypassing the default browser configuration of your Windows 10 PC. Such kinds of approach from a reputed company like Microsoft is not acceptable.

If you love the new weather widget in your Windows 10, you can configure the interests section as per your choice. But, most of the users opt for disabling the widget rather than keeping the buggy one. So, let’s see how to disable the Windows 10’s taskbar weather widget entirely if you are not interested and want to get rid of it.

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Turn off “News and Interests” widget in Windows 10 and Windows 11 taskbar

  1. Right click anywhere of the taskbar on your Windows 11/10 computer.
  2. From the right-click context menu, select “News and Interests” and go to sub-menu of the same option.
  3. The click “Turn off” option from the sub-menu.
  4. That’s it. The weather widget will no longer be persist in your taskbar.
  5. To turn it on, just follow the same procedure and choose the “Show Icon and Text” option.

If you choose the “Show Icon Only” option, it will make the widget enable but taking lesser space on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 taskbar.

Also useful: How to stop Windows 10 from getting updated automatically.