How to hide news widgets in Windows 10 and 11

You’ll notice a few things in this screenshot. First, the app displays the current temperature as a tray icon, but you can see an icon representing the current conditions. Second, you’ll notice that I wrote this article during a bad heat wave, which Oregon isn’t really prepared for, but is becoming more routine.

WeatherBar is the best weather app with a tray icon I’ve found for Windows, but if you don’t like it, check out WeatherMate. This one dates back to 2005, but it’s a very lightweight tool for adding temperature to the taskbar.

Hide news in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft via Justin Pot

The annoying news content also appears on the Microsoft Edge new tab page (which is otherwise pretty good). Mostly, you can hide it by clicking the arrow next to the word Visible contentthen clicking Headings only. This will obscure all headlines unless you scroll down.

Alternatively, you can install Momentum, which will replace the new tab page in Edge with a beautiful image, clock and inspirational quote. If that’s not enough for you, you can just replace Edge with Chrome or Firefox.

How to block themes (less than)

I’ll be honest: I started out believing I could find some way to turn off news without turning off widgets. Wouldn’t that be nice? My first attempt was to open Manage interests button, which opens a settings page on in your browser.

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