In June 2021, Microsoft enabled a news and weather widget (called “News and Interests”) on the Windows 10 taskbar. It shows the weather, sports scores, news and more at a glance. Here’s how to show, hide, and configure parts of the widget.
How to get the News & Interests widget in Windows 1
The News & Interests widget will be enabled on June 9, 2021 for all fully updated Windows 10 PCs. It will automatically appear on your taskbar. If your PC has the widget available and enabled, you will see it on the taskbar in the lower right corner of the screen by the date and time.
By default, the widget shows the current temperature for your location and a very brief weather forecast in the taskbar itself. To fully open the widget, hover (or click) your mouse cursor over it.
If you don’t see the widget in your taskbar, you need to update to the latest version of Windows.
Tip: If you previously disabled the widget, you can get it back by right-clicking on your taskbar, pointing to “News & Interests” and selecting either “Show icon and text” or “Show icon.” If you don’t see the News & Interests option in your taskbar context menu, you’re probably using an older version of Windows 10 without this feature.
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Using and Configuring Widget Maps
The News & Interests widget starts with several information panels called “maps” that are enabled by default. These maps show sports scores, stock prices, weather forecasts or local traffic. If you scroll down, you will also automatically see news items from the web.
If you want to see more information about the weather, stocks or the other maps, click on the map itself. A page with more details loads on MSN.com in the Edge browser. (Even the widget’s weather map opens an MSN weather website instead of Windows 10’s built-in Weather app.)
To configure how a map works, such as changing its location on the weather map or adding a ticker symbol to the financial map, click the menu button in the top right corner of the map panel. In the menu that appears, you will see options for configuring the map.
The widget refreshes itself throughout the day, but if you ever want to manually refresh the map information, you can click the “Refresh” button (it looks like an arrow in a circle shape) at the top of the widget panel.
Disable Sports, Finance, Weather, or Traffic Maps
If you don’t want to see a particular widget card in particular, open the News widget and click the menu button (three dots in a circle) in the top right corner of the panel you want to hide.
From the menu that appears, select “Hide Sports Card” (or whatever card it is). At release, there is no way to disable the news feed portion of the widget.
You can also toggle different maps on and off from a unified menu. To do this, click the three-dot button in the top-right corner of the widget panel and select “Language & Content” from the menu.
The Edge browser opens and loads an “Experience Settings” page on an MSN.com website that controls preferences for the Windows 10 news widget. In the “Information Cards” section, turn the switches to “off” next to the cards you want to hide. (You can also re-enable hidden cards from this menu.)
After making changes, open the widget again in the taskbar and click the round “Refresh” button at the top.
When reloaded, the widget will display the settings you have made in the browser: cards you have hidden will disappear and others you have re-enabled will reappear.
Note: If you are signed in to a Microsoft account in your browser while changing the News widget settings, but are not signed in to the same Microsoft account in Windows 10, the settings on the MSN.com page will not work. In that case, you need to sign out of your Microsoft account in your browser, reload the MSN widget settings page and make the changes again. Reload the widget for the settings to take effect.
How to Customize Your Taskbar Widget’s News Feed
To influence what news Microsoft pulls from the web to display in your News and Interests widget, open the widget (by clicking it in the toolbar) and select “Manage Interests” at the top of the widget panel.
A special MSN.com webpage opens in your browser that allows you to select or deselect interests by topic. Available interests include science, TV, NBA and more.
After selecting your interests, open the widget and click the reload button (a circular arrow) at the top of the window. You’ll see more news about the topics you’ve selected.
If you don’t like certain news items that you see in your News Feed, you can hover over an individual news panel and click the “X” button in its top right corner.
The widget then gives you the choice between “Not interested in this story” (The widget will show fewer of these kinds of stories.), “Don’t like the source” (The widget no longer shows news from that publication.), or “A report problem” (where you can report offensive or misleading content).
You can also make similar changes by clicking the menu button (three dots in a circle) in the lower-right corner of the individual news card. There you can “like” or “dislike” a story, ask the widget to hide news from this source, and more.
How to hide the news and weather widget completely
If you don’t want to see the news widget on your Windows 10 taskbar, right-click on the taskbar and select “News & Interests” and then “Disable” from the menu that appears.
In that same menu, you can also manage options related to the widget, including selecting a smaller size for the widget in the taskbar (“Show icon only”) and ensuring that you have to click the widget to open it (” Open on float”).
Hope you have nice weather. Good luck over there!
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