How To Remove News Feed From Windows 11 Widgets Board

How To Remove News Feed From Windows 11 Widgets BoardHow To Remove News Feed From Windows 11 Widgets Board

If you are a frequent user of the widgets board on Windows 11, then you would know that there are a lot of unnecessary news posts on there, amongst other useful widgets, such as Outlook, weather, or whatever you have added to your personalized widgets list.

The widgets board uses the new MSN news network to display the news, which can be unrelated to you or your area, and sometimes completely rubbish. There are even users who asked others for help in disabling the news while keeping the widgets board as well as other widgets.

Unfortunately, there is no built-in method to do that. You can only enable or disable the entire widget board in the taskbar from Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. Still, it also makes you lose other useful widgets you may be fond of.

There are rumors that Microsoft is planning to add the option to disable the news, but there are no signs of actual work being done on it at the moment. However, by performing some tweaks, you can optionally disable the news in the widgets board today using the guide given below.

Note: The process to disable the news posts from the widgets board involves installing a preview version of the widgets. Although it should not affect your operating system, it is still recommended that you backup your computer just in case.

Disable news feed from widgets

Use the following steps to disable the news feed from the widgets board while keeping the other widgets enabled and accessible:

  1. Open the rg-adguard.net website using any web browser.

  2. Select “ProductID” from the drop-down, paste “9MSSGKG348SP” in the text field, select “Fast” from the next drop-down, and then click the checkbox.

    Search for the product ID
    Search for the product ID
  3. From the list, right-click the following item and click “Save as link” from the context menu.

    MicrosoftWindows.Client.WebExperience_523.33200.0.0_neutral_~_cw5n1h2txyewy.AppxBundle
    Save the link
    Save the link
  4. Save the file.

    Save the AppX file
    Save the AppX file
  5. The browser might consider the file malicious and block it. Open the downloads bar, click on the 3 dots, and then allow the file to be downloaded.

    Keep the file
    Keep the file
  6. Once downloaded, run the AppX file by double-clicking it.

  7. Click Update.

    Update the package
    Update the package

    This will update the widgets component with the preview version.

  8. When updated, click Close.

  9. Now open the ViveTool GitHub page.

  10. Download the ViveTool utility.

    Download ViVeTool
    Download ViveTool
  11. Once downloaded, extract its contents.

    Extract ViveTool
    Extract ViveTool
  12. Now press the Windows key + R to open the Run Command box.

  13. Type in “cmd” and press CTRL + Shift + Enter to launch an elevated Command Prompt.

  14. Use the following “cd” command to change the working directory to the extracted ViveTool folder:

    cd /d [PathToExtractedViveToolFolder]
    Change directory to ViveTool folder 1
    Change the directory to the ViveTool folder
  15. Now run the following command to enable access to hidden widget settings:

    vivetool /enable /id:45393399
    Enable option to Manage Microsoft Start
    Enable access to hidden widget settings
  16. Now restart the computer.

  17. Once it restarts, click the widgets icon in the taskbar and then click the Settings icon in the top right corner.

    Open widget settings
    Open widget settings
  18. Click “Show or hide feeds.”

    Show or hide feeds
    Show or hide feeds
  19. Toggle the slider in front of “Microsoft Start” into the Off position.

    Disable Microsoft Start 1
    Disable Microsoft Start

    Microsoft Start is a news aggregator website and mobile app that features news headlines and articles that MSN editors have chosen.

  20. When asked for confirmation, click “Turn off.”

    Confirm action
    Confirm action

After performing the steps above, the widgets board will restart and you will notice that only the widgets that you have added are visible, and the news posts have been removed.

Widgets board after removing the news
Widgets board after removing the news

If you wish to bring back the news feed in the widgets board in the future, all you need to do is re-enable Microsoft Start from the widgets board settings.

With that said, there is another, less effective method of disabling, or blocking news feed from your widgets board.

Remove news feed from widgets by managing interests

Another method to remove the news feed from the widgets board is by managing your interests and blocking the channels that you do not prefer. Note that this will only remove unwanted news, but not the entire news content.

Use the following steps to remove certain news types from your widgets board on Windows 11:

  1. Open the widgets board and then click the Settings icon in the top-right corner.

    Open widget settings
    Open widget settings
  2. Click “Manage interests.”

    Manage news interests
    Manage news interests
  3. Click the “+” sign under the topics that you prefer to add them. You can also search for your preferred topics if you do not see them.

    Select your preferred topics
    Select your preferred topics
  4. When selected, close the Settings popup and click the refresh button on the widgets board.

    Refresh the widgets board content
    Refresh the widgets board content
  5. Now, click the cross/hide story button on the posts that you do not want to see.

    Hide a story
    Hide a story
  6. Repeat the last step till you begin seeing the stories of your choice.

You will now only see the news of interest in the widgets board, and the unnecessary and weird news posts will be removed.

Ending words

The widgets board primarily offers curated news from the MSN news network, but it is also used to quickly access useful information and perform quick actions. For example, glimpse at your Outlook email, look at the weather report in your area, and such. However, the news posts are usually random, and sometimes, very bizarre as well.

Thanks to this guide, you will now be able to remove that nonsense and keep only the useful widgets and content in the widgets board.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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