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Show Weather Temperature in °C or °F for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s 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 weather icon on the taskbar and weather card in News and Interests can display the temperature in Celsius (°C) or Fahrenheit (°F).

This tutorial will show how to switch between displaying the temperature in Celsius (°C) or Fahrenheit (°F) on the weather card and weather icon on the taskbar for news and interests for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add and Remove Information Cards for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s 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.

News and interests shows you content on a variety of topics. Each topic – top stories, weather, sports, stocks, and traffic – are contained within an information card and will update over time.

Information cards for weather, money, sports, and traffic can be toggled on (add) or off (remove).

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove information cards for the news and interests feed for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Weather Location for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s 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 (…) 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 (…) 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.

You can edit your location in the weather card for News and Interests. If you update your location from the weather card, it will also update the location used for weather on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to change the location used by the weather card in news and interests for your account in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable News and Interests on Taskbar in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar will begin rolling out to Windows 10 users on April 22, 2021.

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s 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 (…) 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 (…) 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.

Microsoft has made a Enable news and interests on the taskbar group policy setting available that specifies whether news and interests is allowed on the device.

  • Not configured – Default setting. Same as Enabled.
  • Enabled – News and interests will be allowed on the taskbar. The News and interests settings UI will be present in the Taskbar context menu, and users will be able to turn it off or switch modes.
  • Disabled – News and interests will be turned off (disabled) completely, and the News and interests settings UI in the Taskbar context menu will be removed.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the news and interests on taskbar feature for all users in Windows 10.

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

News and interests on the taskbar will begin rolling out to Windows 10 users on April 22, 2021.

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s 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 (…) 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 (…) 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.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off reduce taskbar updates for news and interests for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on Hover in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 21286, Microsoft introduced news and interests on the taskbar.

With news and interests on the Windows taskbar, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day.

You can personalize your feed with relevant content tailored for you. Instead of switching between apps or your PC and phone to stay up to date with the news and interests you care about – seamlessly peek into your feed directly from the taskbar anytime you want throughout your day.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21332, news and interests on the taskbar will open via hover or click.

Starting with Windows 10 21354, you now have the ability to deselect “Open on hover” in the “News and interests” taskbar options to enable or disable the open on hover option.

If you open news and interests by hovering the pointer on its weather icon on the taskbar, news and interests will automatically close when the pointer is moved off of news and interests.

If you open news and interests by clicking on its weather icon on the taskbar, news and interests will stay open until you click on anything else causing news and interests to close.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable open news and interests on hover for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 21286, Microsoft introduces news and interests on the taskbar.

With news and interests on the Windows taskbar, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day.

You can personalize your feed with relevant content tailored for you. Instead of switching between apps or your PC and phone to stay up to date with the news and interests you care about – seamlessly peek into your feed directly from the taskbar anytime you want throughout your day.

  • Staying up to date: Quickly glance at your news and interests directly from the taskbar. Get caught up on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more, then go back to whatever you were doing without disrupting your workflow. You have convenient access to news and interesting content from over 4,500 global brands such as The New York Times, BBC or The Verge, and gorgeous live weather maps. Select an article to open a streamlined reading view with fewer distractions, so you can save time and stay focused.
  • Personalize your feed: You can tell Microsoft which content you like seeing or don’t like seeing (select More options … and choose “More stories like this” or “Fewer stories like this”) and over time, more stories about the things you care about will show up in your feed, including ones you might otherwise miss. You can also use emoji to react to stories, too.
  • You’re in control: Microsoft believes privacy starts with putting you in control and giving you the tools and information, you need to make informed choices. Through news and interests, there is quick access to the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Through the Microsoft Edge browser, there are built-in controls to limit tracking from advertisers and third parties. And if news and interests doesn’t appeal to you, you can easily turn it off by right-clicking on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the news and interests icon on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin Android Apps from Your Phone to Taskbar on Windows 10 PC

You can tap into the power of Your Phone app with Link to Windows integration on select Surface Duo and Samsung devices to instantly access your Android phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.

With Your Phone apps, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more – all while using your PC’s larger screen and keyboard. You can add your Android apps as favorites on your PC, pin them to your Start menu and taskbar, and open them in separate windows to use side-by-side with apps on your PC – helping you stay productive.

This tutorial will show you how to pin Android phone apps to the taskbar on your Windows 10 PC using the Your Phone app.

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How to Enable or Disable Cloud Optimized Taskbars in Windows 10

Windows 10 20H2 now includes cloud optimized content to personalize the taskbar for users.

For example:

  • If you linked an Android phone to your Windows 10 PC, the Phone app will automatically be pinned to the taskbar.
  • If you use an Xbox Live account in Windows 10, the Xbox app will automatically be pinned to the taskbar.

The cloud optimized content on taskbars is only applied to new accounts, accounts signing in for the first time, or with a clean install of Windows 10 20H2.

The cloud optimized content on taskbars does not get applied to any existing accounts.

You may find cloud optimized content on taskbars helpful, but you may also prefer to disable it to have the default fallback content (standard taskbar layout) used instead.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable cloud optimized content used to personalize the taskbar for users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Troubleshooters Toolbar on Taskbar in Windows 10

If something isn’t working in Windows 10, running a troubleshooter might help. Troubleshooters can find and fix many common problems for you.

Having all troubleshooters available from a toolbar on the taskbar can make troubleshooting easier as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Troubleshooters toolbar on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

Earlier this year Microsoft introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone in as little as two clicks for free and each call can last up to 24 hours.

Microsoft extended this capability starting in Windows 10 build 20221 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. You can now easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking on the Meet Now icon in the notification area (system tray) of the taskbar in Windows 10. No sign ups or downloads needed.

Meet Now will open your installed Skype app on any device. Even if you are not signed in, you can join the call or chat as a guest. If you do not have Skype installed on your computer, it will open Skype for you on the web. Supported browsers for Meet Now are Microsoft Edge and the latest version of Google Chrome.

Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar is now available to all starting with Windows 10 build 20231.

This tutorial will show you how to add, remove, hide, or show the Meet Now icon on the taskbar notification area for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Use Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar to Create or Join a Meeting in Skype

Earlier this year Microsoft introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone in as little as two clicks for free and each call can last up to 24 hours.

Microsoft extended this capability starting in Windows 10 build 20221 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. You can now easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking on the Meet Now icon in the notification area (system tray) of the taskbar in Windows 10. No sign ups or downloads needed.

Meet Now will open your installed Skype app on any device. Even if you are not signed in, you can join the call or chat as a guest. If you do not have Skype installed on your computer, it will open Skype for you on the web. Supported browsers for Meet Now are Microsoft Edge and the latest version of Google Chrome.

Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar is now available to all starting with Windows 10 build 20231.

This tutorial will show you how to use Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar to create or join a meeting in Skype.

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How to Pin Sites to Taskbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge lets you pin sites to the Taskbar each with their own icon for quick access to tabs for your pinned sites. These pinned sites will always open in Microsoft Edge.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Insider Build 85.0.561.0 or higher (Canary or Dev Channel), clicking a pinned site on the Taskbar will now show you all of the open tabs for that site across any of your Microsoft Edge windows, just like you would expect for any app with multiple open windows. Since this is an early preview, existing sites on your Taskbar will not experience this new behavior until you remove (unpin) and re-pin them.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin sites on the taskbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Turn On or Off Badge on Your Phone app Taskbar Icon for New Notifications from Android Phone in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 18885 on April 26, 2019, Microsoft added a new feature to the Your Phone app in Windows 10 to see your Android phone’s notifications on your PC.

Stop reaching for your phone to check your notifications. Boost your focus and productivity by seeing your phone’s notifications on your PC. You are in control and manage which apps you want to receive notifications from. Dismiss a notification on one device and it goes away on the other.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing a badge on the Your Phone app taskbar icon in Windows 10 when you have new unread Android phone notifications.

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How to Turn On or Off Auto-Restore News Bar when Minimized in Windows 10

The News Bar app brings you the latest news from the Microsoft News network of over 4500 of the world’s most respected journalism brands. In addition, you can configure it to provide you with up to date information throughout the day on your favorite stocks.

Microsoft’s Windows News Bar works just like the Windows Taskbar. It’s there when you need it, where you need it and how you need it. Customize its appearance in settings to find the experience that’s just right for you. If you want to focus, don’t worry, you can minimize the News Bar at any time and then bring it back when you’re ready for it again.

You can select to have the News Bar automatically restore after two hours, after eight hours, or never when you minimize the News Bar to an icon on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto-restore the News Bar when minimized to icon on taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Make Taskbar Icons Easier to Touch when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Make taskbar icons easier to touch for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on.

When turned on, icons on the taskbar will be spaced out more to make it easier to touch them on a touch screen.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off make app icons on the taskbar easier to touch when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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Turn On or Off Show Search Icon without Search Box when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Show the search icon without the search box for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on and the taskbar Search icon set to Show search box.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show the search icon without the search box on the taskbar when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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How to Enable or Disable Windows Update Status Taskbar Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

The Windows Update Status icon in the taskbar notification area was first introduced in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803).

By default, the Windows Update Status notification icon will only show on the taskbar when there is a warning or alert about Windows Update showing on the Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update page.

You can click/tap on the Windows Update Status icon to open the Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update page.

You can right click on the Windows Update Status icon, it will open a context menu to click/tap on available options. The available options will vary depending on what the warning or alert is for, but can be: Restart now, Schedule restart, Download now, Open Windows Update, and Hide for now.

If you prefer to not to see the Windows Update Status icon, you can disable it.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Windows Update Status icon in the taskbar notification area for your account or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews in Windows 10

When you hover over the taskbar icon of an opened item (ex: Google Chrome), it will show you a thumbnail preview of its opened windows or tabs.

If you hover over the thumbnail preview of this item, it will instantly show you a live preview (peek) of only that item on your desktop. If you like, you can change the thumbnail live preview hover delay time to how many milliseconds you want instead of showing the live preview instantly.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing taskbar thumbnail live previews for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove NVIDIA GPU Activity Notification Area Icon on Taskbar in Windows

If your Windows device has NIVIDIA graphics and NVIDIA display drivers installed, you can display the NVIDIA GPU Activity icon in the taskbar notification area to better monitor the GPU activity.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the NVIDIA GPU Activity notification area icon on the taskbar for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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