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    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

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    19 Nov 2020
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    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

    Earlier this year Microsoft introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone in as little as two clicks for free and each call can last up to 24 hours.

    Microsoft extended this capability starting in Windows 10 build 20221 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. You can now easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking on the Meet Now icon in the notification area (system tray) of the taskbar in Windows 10. No sign ups or downloads needed.

    Meet Now will open your installed Skype app on any device. Even if you are not signed in, you can join the call or chat as a guest. If you do not have Skype installed on your computer, it will open Skype for you on the web. Supported browsers for Meet Now are Microsoft Edge and the latest version of Google Chrome.

    Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar is now available to all starting with Windows 10 build 18362.1171 (v1903) and 18363.1171 (v1909), Windows 10 build 19041.610 (v2004) and 109042.610 (20H2) and Windows 10 build 20231 (Insiders).

    This tutorial will show you how to add, remove, hide, or show the Meet Now icon on the taskbar notification area for your account, specific users, or all users in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar for Current User from Meet Now icon
    • Option Two: Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar for Current User in Settings
    • Option Three: Hide or Show Meet Now icon on Taskbar for Current User in Settings
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Meet Now icon on Taskbar for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Five: Enable or Disable Meet Now icon on Taskbar for All Users using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar
    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-show_meet_now_icon.png How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-hide_meet_now_icon.png
    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-meet_now_notificaiton_icon.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar for Current User from Meet Now icon


    1 Right click or press and hold on the Meet Now system icon on the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on Hide. (see screenshot below)

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-meet_now_hide_icon.png






    OPTION TWO

    Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar for Current User in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2 Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and click/tap on the Turn system icons on or off link under the Notification area section on the right side. (see screenshots below)

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-system_icons_settings-1.jpg

    3 Turn On (default - add) or Off (remove) the Meet Now system icon for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-system_icons_settings-2.png

    4 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Hide or Show Meet Now icon on Taskbar for Current User in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2 Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and click/tap on the Select which icons appear on the taskbar link under the Notification area section on the right side. (see screenshots below)

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-notification_icons_settings-1.jpg

    3 Turn On (default - show) or Off (hide) the Meet Now notification area icon for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    You will need to turn off Always show all icons in the notification area at the top to be able to turn on or off Meet Now.

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-notification_icons_settings-2.png

    4 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION FOUR

    Enable or Disable Meet Now icon on Taskbar for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    If disabled, this option will gray out and prevent using Option Two and Option Three.

    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Five.


    1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-meet_now_icon_gpedit-1.png

    3 In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Remove the Meet Now icon policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Enable Meet Now icon on Taskbar

    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.



    6 To Disable Meet Now icon on Taskbar

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-meet_now_icon_gpedit-2.png


    7 When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

    8 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.






    OPTION FIVE

    Enable or Disable Meet Now icon on Taskbar for All Users using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    If disabled, this option will gray out and prevent using Option Two and Option Three.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HideSCAMeetNow DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable Meet Now icon on Taskbar for All Users

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Meet_Now_icon_for_all_users.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Meet Now icon on Taskbar for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Meet_Now_icon_for_all_users.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. NMI's Avatar
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    In addition to the two Insider Preview Dev Channel build numbers mentioned in the tutorial introduction, the Meet Now icon is now installed for everyone on versions 2004/20H2 with builds 19041.610/19042.610 or greater:

    Highlights


    • Introducing Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar


    Today, we’re excited to share that we will be extending this capability in Windows 10 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar.


    October 29, 2020—KB4580364 (OS Builds 19041.610 and 19042.610) Preview
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    Hello. Nice to meet you, everyone.
    I may have found a GPO setting yesterday that also allows you to show or hide the taskbar.

    In the Japanese version,
    ユーザーの構成>管理用テンプレート>タスクバーと[スタートメニュー]>[今すぐ会議]アイコンを削除します
    When this setting was set to "Enabled", the icon was hidden.

    Perhaps in the English version, the GPO menu would look like this ...
    Users Configuration> Administrative Templates (Users)> Start Menu and Taskbar> Remove Meet Now icon
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    Hina said:
    Hello. Nice to meet you, everyone.
    I may have found a GPO setting yesterday that also allows you to show or hide the taskbar.

    In the Japanese version,
    ユーザーの構成>管理用テンプレート>タスクバーと[スタートメニュー]>[今すぐ会議]アイコンを削除します
    When this setting was set to "Enabled", the icon was hidden.

    Perhaps in the English version, the GPO menu would look like this ...
    Users Configuration> Administrative Templates (Users)> Start Menu and Taskbar> Remove Meet Now icon
    Thank you Hina, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Options 4 and 5 have now been added to the tutorial for this.
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    Is there a way to disable this annoying function altogether?
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    Steve C said:
    Is there a way to disable this annoying function altogether?
    Hey Steve,

    I suppose also uninstalling Skype may do the trick, but I'll be hunting to see if there may be a new group policy available to disable it.
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    Brink said:
    Hey Steve,

    I suppose also uninstalling Skype may do the trick, but I'll be hunting to see if there may be a new group policy available to disable it.
    I have Office 2016 which gives no option to uninstall individual programs like Skype
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