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.
Get started with news and interests
When you select or hover on the weather icon in your taskbar, you will open news and interests. From here you will see content covering the news, weather, traffic and more. Content updates throughout the day and is designed to keep you up to date.
To only show the weather icon and to save space on your taskbar, you can switch to icon only mode. Right-click any blank space on the taskbar and select News and interests > Show icon only.
Right-click any blank space on the taskbar and select News and interests >Turn off. When you turn off news and interests, the weather will no longer appear on your taskbar.
To turn on news and interests, right-click a blank space on the taskbar and select News and interests > Show icon and text.
Tip: If you can’t see news and interests in the taskbar menu, check out the FAQ section for more details.
You can edit your location in both the traffic and weather cards. To do this, go to (…) >Edit location on on either of the cards. If you update your location from the weather card, it will also update the location used for weather on the taskbar.
Personalizing your feed
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.
Your feed will become more personalized over time. Tell us what you care about by selecting Manage interests. This will open the My interests page. From here, you can:
Use the search box to search for the topics or publishers you want to follow.
Browse topics by category and select the ones that pique your interest.
View and manage your followed interests and publishers in the Followed interests and Followed publishers sections in the left navigation of the My interests page.
You can also go to My interests > Tune your feed to open a walkthrough that will help you choose which publishers and content you prefer.
Note: The ability to follow publishers and tune your feed is currently only available for English speakers in the US.
You can also fine tune your feed in your preferences whenever you see a story:
Select the Close button (X) to remove the article and provide feedback like Not interested in this story, Don’t like the source, or Report an issue.
Go to the … button in a news story and choose either More stories like this or Fewer stories like this to see more of what you care about.
Information cards for weather, money, sports, and traffic can be toggled on or off by going within the card and selecting (…) > Hide.
To bring the card back, you will need to go to Manage interests and then choose Manage Interests > Experience Settings. To see the changes, select the Refresh button.
Frequently asked questions
We are in the process of rolling out this feature, so not all users may see it. It may be some time before you get it on your PC.
We're taking a measured approach starting with the April 2021 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10, and broad availability will occur in phases. Devices running Windows 10, version 1909 (and later) who have installed the May 2021 Windows monthly update (or later) will be included in this phased rollout.
To manually check for the latest recommended updates, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
Note: If you don’t already have this on your machine, you'll also need to ensure you have the latest version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium installed. Get Microsoft Edge.
News and interests is only available on primary monitors and where the taskbar is aligned to the bottom of the screen.
News and interests may also be turned off by the administrator of your organization.
Tip: If you’ve followed the steps above but still don’t see news and interest on the taskbar, it may be because you haven’t received the update yet.
Open news and interests on the taskbar, go to (…) and select Language and content to open the Experience Settings page where you can change the content and language of your feed.
To hide stories from a specific source, select the … on a new story and choose Hide stories from... You can also select the Close button (X) to remove the article and choose either Not interested in this story or Don’t like the source. To manage your hidden publishers, Hidden publishers in the left navigation.
Your feed learns about you over time, and will reflect your preferences, so you may not see changes immediately. Content will appear in your feed when there is new content to show that meets your personalization settings. If you changed your settings for an information card, these should be reflected once you click the Refresh button in news and interests on the taskbar.
Signing in to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge with the same Microsoft Account will help ensure your feed personalization roams across devices. To learn more on how you can sign into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account. Switch from a local account to a Microsoft account.
You can access your privacy information in the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Also in the Microsoft Edge browser, there are built-in controls to limit tracking from advertisers and third parties.
Let us know what you like, share your ideas, and offer suggestions on how to make the experience better through the Feedback Hub. (go to Desktop Environment > News and interests).