Enable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10  

    Enable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10

    Enable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    06 Dec 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10


    News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information thatís important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your locationís 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 (Ö) 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 (Ö) 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 turn on or off reduce taskbar updates for news and interests 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.

    The Reduce taskbar updates feature of news and interests is still currently only available for Windows 10 Insider builds.



    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Taskbar Context Menu
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests using a REG File



    EXAMPLE: News and Interests on taskbar








    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests 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 Reduce taskbar updates to check (on) or uncheck (off - default) 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 Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests in Windows 10-news_and_interests_reduce_taskbar_updates.png






    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests 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

    ShellFeedsTaskbarContentUpdateMode DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


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


    2 To Turn On Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests

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

    Turn_on_reduce_taskbar_updates_for_News_and_interests.reg

    Download


    3 To Turn Off Reduce Taskbar Updates for News and Interests

    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.

    Turn_off_reduce_taskbar_updates_for_News_and_interests.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 : 364
    Windows 10
       #1

    Hi Shawn,

    Just a heads up- Reduce Taskbar updates and open on Hover is Insider only as of 15th May. It is not available on 20H2/21H1 yet.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,558
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Sumit Dhiman said:
    Hi Shawn,

    Just a heads up- Reduce Taskbar updates and open on Hover is Insider only as of 15th May. It is not available on 20H2/21H1 yet.
    Thank you Sumit.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 75
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       #3

    What's the practical difference between the two settings?
      My Computer


 

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