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    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10

    Published by Category: General Tips
    11 Jun 2021
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    How to Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10


    News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s current weather conditions directly on your taskbar and hover over the icon to see concise, scannable information from sports and stocks to local news and breaking headlines.

    The information shown in news and interests is personalized for individual users. Users can customize the content they see, enabling scenarios like the following:

    • Keep an eye on nearby weather and traffic that may impact a commute.
      To change the location shown for weather and traffic updates, select More options (…) on the Weather or Traffic card, and select Edit Location.
    • Follow a topic related to professional or personal interests.
      Follow a specific topic related to an industry, job role, or subject to learn more about. To follow a specific topic, select Manage Interests and select or search for a topic.
    • Get personalized updates on stocks.
      Keep an eye on major market indicators, see top gainers or losers, or create a watch list of stocks to see updates throughout the day.
    • Share, save or see more stories.
      Select More options (…) on headlines and articles in news and interests on the taskbar to share them with others or save them to read later. Users can also request to see more or fewer stories like the ones shown.

    In addition, the appearance of news and interests on the taskbar can be customized. Users can choose to right click or long press a blank space on the taskbar and select News and interests to customize. They can choose Show icon and text or, to save taskbar space, select Show icon only. Users can also select Turn off to unpin news and interests.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable open news and interests on hover for your account in Windows 10.

    The News and interests feature requires the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser to be installed on your PC.

    News and interests is only available on primary monitors and where the taskbar is aligned to the bottom of the screen.



    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Taskbar Context Menu
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover using a REG File



    EXAMPLE: Open "news and interests" on taskbar via click or hover
    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10-news_and_interests.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Taskbar Context Menu


    This option will not be available while Tablet Mode is turned on.


    1 Right click or press and hold on the taskbar on your main display (if you have more than one display). (see screenshot below)

    2 Click/tap on News and interests, and click/tap on Open on hover to check (enabled - default) or uncheck (disable) it for what you want.

    If you selected to Turn off news and interests, the Reduce taskbar updates and Open on hover settings will be disabled and grayed out.


    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10-news_and_interests_open_on_hover.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover using a REG File


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds

    ShellFeedsTaskbarOpenOnHover DWORD

    0 = Disable
    1 = Enable


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


    2 To Enable Open News and Interests on Hover

    This is the default setting.

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

    Enable_open_news_and_interests_on_hover.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Open News and Interests on Hover

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

    Disable_open_news_and_interests_on_hover.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 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink




  1. Posts : 149
    Windows 10 V1709
       #1

    Hello,
    This option to enable or disable Open on Hover only works with Development builds, now that News and Interests is available on 20H2, and 21H1 the option Open on Hover is missing and the Registry change does not work either.
    Seems like MS forgot to carry over the option that they implemented in Development code.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 x64 21H1
       #2

    Hi, Brink
    Please you correct ShellFeedsTaskbarOpenOnHover to ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode.
    The aforementioned registry key renamed as ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode on Windows 10 x64 20H2.
    The Dword values are as following.
    0: Show icon and text (Default)
    1: Show icon only
    2: Turn off
    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10-settings-news-interest-taskbar-win-10-20h2.png

    Best regards,
    Steven.
      My Computer

  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,145
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    shiwan0804 said:
    Hi, Brink
    Please you correct ShellFeedsTaskbarOpenOnHover to ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode.
    The aforementioned registry key renamed as ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode on Windows 10 x64 20H2.
    The Dword values are as following.
    0: Show icon and text (Default)
    1: Show icon only
    2: Turn off


    Best regards,
    Steven.
    Hello Steven,

    ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode doesn't apply to this tutorial for the Open on hover setting. It only applies to the one below instead.

    Customization - How to Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar in Windows 10 | Windows Questions
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  4. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 x64 21H1
       #4

    OK! Thanks, Brink.
    Is Windows Questions your website?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,145
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #5

    shiwan0804 said:
    OK! Thanks, Brink.
    Is Windows Questions your website?
    Windows Questions is indeed our sister site.
      My Computers


  6. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 x64 21H1
       #6

    Hi, Brink.
    After installing KB5003214 that the News and interests of taskbar on Windows 10 x64 Pro 21H1 also was controlled by the settings of the tutorial as following.
    Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10-news-interests-taskbar-21h1.png
    The setting registry key of Reduce taskbar updates is as following.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds
    "ShellFeedsTaskbarContentUpdateMode"=dword:00000000
    0: Disable
    1: Enable

    Best regards,
    Steven.
    Last edited by shiwan0804; 27 May 2021 at 09:45.
      My Computer


  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,145
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    shiwan0804 said:
    Hi, Brink.
    The News and interests of taskbar on Windows 10 x64 Pro 21H1 also was controlled by the settings of the tutorial as following.
    The setting registry key of Reduce taskbar updates is as following.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds
    "ShellFeedsTaskbarContentUpdateMode"=dword:00000000
    0: Disable
    1: Enable

    Best regards,
    Steven.
    Hello Steven,

    The ShellFeedsTaskbarContentUpdateMode DWORD is for the independent Reduce taskbar updates setting below instead.

    Enable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 x64 21H1
       #8

    Brink said:
    Hello Steven,

    The ShellFeedsTaskbarContentUpdateMode DWORD is for the independent Reduce taskbar updates setting below instead.

    Enable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10
    Thanks, Brink.
    I will see the tutorial.
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 189
    Windows 10 Professional
       #9

    fg2001gf10F said:
    Hello,
    This option to enable or disable Open on Hover only works with Development builds, now that News and Interests is available on 20H2, and 21H1 the option Open on Hover is missing and the Registry change does not work either.

    Seems like MS forgot to carry over the option that they implemented in Development code.
    I dont have the last 2 options either on 21H1, should i?
      My Computer


 
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