How to Remove the Weather Widget from the Taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 10 had the News and Interests widget on the right of the taskbar. Windows 11 has the Weather widget in the left corner of the taskbar. When you mouse over, it activates and your workflow may be disturbed. Sometimes you may find it pretty much annoying. Don’t panic, you can remove it from your taskbar for your smooth work. Let’s see how we can hide weather widget from taskbar in Windows 11.

Hide Weather Widget From Taskbar Using Settings

You can remove the weather widget in Windows 11 by disabling the widget inside the Windows 11 Settings. Follow these steps to disable Weather Widget.

  1. To open the Settings app, right-click on the Windows/Start button and Select Settings option. Alternatively, Press Windows+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. In the Settings window look for the Personalization option in the left pane. Scroll-down little bit on the right-side and click Taskbar option.
  3. In the taskbar personalization settings, look for the Widget toggle button and Turn it off. The weather widget will be removed from the taskbar.

Want to bring back the widget again? Follow the same steps mentioned above and turn the toggle button on for the weather widget.

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Disable Weather Widget from Taskbar – Group Policy

To remove or disable the weather widget via Group Policy, you must have Windows 11 Pro or above running. In order to remove the weather widget via group policy, follow these steps.

  1. Press Windows+R to open up the Run Window. In the Run window type gpedit.msc in the text box and hit Enter or click the OK button. The Local Group Policy Editor window will appear.
  2. In Group Policy Editor Window, in the left pane, navigate to the path mentioned below.
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Widgets

    Look for the Allow widgets entry in the right pane. Double-click on the entry or select it and hit Enter to open the policy settings.

  3. Once the policy settings open, click on the Disabled radio button to disable the widgets on the taskbar. Click OK button to save the settings.
  4. The weather widget is gone and not displaying anymore. However, if you navigate to the Taskbar options in the settings app, you will notice that the Widgets option is grey in color and can’t be set or unset. If you want to enable the option back then you need to do it via group policy by selecting the Not Configured option in the policy settings window.

Remove Taskbar Weather Widget – Registry Editor

Windows 11 Home edition doesn’t support the Group Policy. In this scenario when you don’t want to use the Settings app then you can use the Registry to disable the weather widget.

  1. Press Windows+R to open up the Run Window. In the Run window type regedit in the text box and hit Enter or click the OK button. The Registry Editor window will appear.
  2. In the registry editor window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE (Double click the name to expand it)
  3. Double click the Policies option and then Right-click on the Microsoft option. Select the New and then click Key option. A new key will be created with the name New Key #1, Right-click on the new key and rename it to Dsh.
  4. Once the Dsh key is created, select it. On the right pane Right-click on the empty space select New and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. The new value will be created with the name New Value #1, rename it to AllowNewsAndInterests.
  5. Double-click on it or hit Enter by selecting the newly created value to open the edit value dialog. In the dialog select the Hexadecimal option and type 0 as the value in the Value data field. Click on the OK button to save the changes. Now the value has been set and the widget has been disabled.
  6. A PC reboot will be required to make the weather widget disappear from the taskbar. For this purpose, close all the open windows and apps along with the registry editor and restart the PC. The weather widget will be disappeared after the PC restarts.

The registry method is intended to be used by advanced users so if any awful situation occurs or anything goes wrong due to lack of experience can be recovered. It is highly recommended to back up your PC or create a restore point in Windows to recover from any instability in the system.

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