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Disable The News and Interests Bar in Windows 10

The New News and Interests Bar for Windows 10

In the June updates for Windows 10 the News and interests bar has been rolled out to Windows 10 and is enabled by default. If you want to disable it as a user, it’s easily done by right-clicking on the Taskbar > News and Interests > Turn off. Job done. 👍

Registry

The registry entry for the setting is per-user and is located here:

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Feeds

The key is a DWORD (32-bit) Value name ShellFeedsTaskbarViewMode and it has 3 states:

  • 0 (Show icon and text)
  • 1 (Show only icon)
  • 2 (Hide everything)

Group Policy

To disable this feature for all users using Group Policy, the setting can be found here:

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Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > News and interests
  • Enable news and interests on the taskbar

Set this item to Disabled to remove it for all users on the PC by default.

Central Store

You may not see this setting in your Group Policy if you have created a Central Store for your Group Policy Objects. You’ll need to update the Central Store with the following files from a Windows 10 system with the June update:

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C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\Feeds.admx
C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US [or your language]\Feeds.adml

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