The News & Interests widget (also known as the News & Weather widget) in Windows 10 lets you check the current weather with a quick glance at the taskbar. It also reveals additional weather related information and custom news updates when you hover the cursor over the widget icon. But while the News & Interests widget is a good concept, it’s poorly executed with terrible design choices.
For starters, the text on the News & Interests widget not only looks blurry on most screens, but the various “maps” within it load slowly and are slow to respond. It also opens everything in Microsoft Edge, even if you have another browser set as the default on your PC.
If you want keep things minimalist and hate the blurry text or the in-your-face news feed, you can completely remove the News & Interests widget from the taskbar in Windows 10. Or you can choose to make things more bearable by modifying it.
Remove News and Interests widget from the taskbar
The Windows 10 News and Interests widget appears right next to the notification area on the taskbar. If it looks blurry or out of place or distracts you from your work, you can choose to remove it. Here’s how:
1. Right click on the News and interests widget icon or an empty area of the taskbar.
2. Point to News and interests†
3. Select Turn off†
That should immediately remove the News & Interests widget from view. To re-enable it, right-click on the taskbar, point to News and interestsand select Show icon and text†
Change the appearance of the News and Interests widget
If you find the News & Interests widget useful but distracting, you can mitigate the problem by changing the icon’s appearance and the way it works by default.
Start by right-clicking on the taskbar. Then point to News and interests and select Show icon only to remove the text and display it again as a status icon only.
In addition, deselect the Open on hover option to prevent the News & Interests widget from opening when you hover the cursor over it. Also select Reduce taskbar updates to reduce the frequency of updates of the widget icon on the taskbar.
Customize cards in the News & Interests widget
In addition to the news feed, the News & Interests widget shows a handful of cards labeled Weather, Finance, Sports, and Traffic. However, they are not static and you can adjust them to display the information you want relatively quickly.
For example, if you want to change the location in Weather, select the More options icon (three dots) at the top right of the map and select Edit location† Then enter your location and select Save†
The same goes for the Finance card. Just open the More options menu and select Add symbol to add different ticker symbols.
Deleting cards in the News & Interests widget
You can also hide the Weather, Finance, Sports and Traffic cards in the News and Interests widget to reduce the clutter inside whenever you want. To do that, select the More information icon on the relevant map and choose Hide this map†
Remark: Hiding the weather map also removes all weather-related information from the News & Interests map on the taskbar. Instead, you will see a newspaper icon.
To reactivate hidden cards, select the Settings icon (three dots) in the top left corner of the News & Interests widget and choose Language & content†
You should load that Experience Settings in Microsoft Edge. Follow by turning on the switches next to the cards you want.
Delete news feed stories in the News & Interests widget
Unlike the Weather, Finance, Sports, and Traffic cards, you cannot delete items that are part of your news feed. However, you can delete stories you don’t like by using the X-shaped icon in the top right corner of a map. It should then be automatically replaced with another story, but you can select Not interested in this story or Don’t like the source before that happens, as a way of communicating your preferences.
In addition, you can use the More options icon (three dots) in the lower right corner of any news feed and select options such as Fewer stories like this or More stories like this to train the widget’s algorithm on your interests.
You can also match the headlines to the Top Stories card (which appears at the very top of the News & Interests widget) this way.
Manage your interests in News and Interests Widget
The News & Interests widget allows you to directly customize the news feed itself. Select the Manage interests icon at the top of the widget to display the . to load My interests settings in Microsoft Edge. Then it is a matter of choosing your preferences. Select the Plus icon next to a topic that interests you or select it again to remove it.
Furthermore, you can choose news publishers and sources you like by using the Tune your feed option in the sidebar.
Keep it hidden or start customizing
The News & Interests widget isn’t Microsoft’s best effort yet. It looks out of sync with the rest of the UI, lacks the usual spiciness in Windows 10, and detracts from the experience by launching Microsoft Edge for just about anything.
Still, you can tweak it to your liking with some effort if you want, and it’ll probably get better in subsequent updates. So don’t forget to keep Windows 10 up to date.