Microsoft announced a few new features with the current Windows 11 Insider build 22518, including Spotlight desktop wallpapers and a new accessibility feature called Voice access, to name a few. In addition, the Redmond behemoth has changed the way you access widgets. A weather icon will appear on the taskbar in the future, similar to the News and Interests widget in Windows 10. However, the approach is obtrusive, and when you hover over the weather icon, the widget page is instantly triggered. Here’s how to disable the weather widget on Windows 11 if you don’t want to see the weather right from the taskbar or simply want to get rid of the irritation.
Disable Weather Widget From the Taskbar (2021)
The new weather widget icon on the taskbar is only accessible in the current Windows Insider version 22518, as previously stated. However, because the functionality is currently in A/B testing, we’ve added instructions to force-enable it on the stable build. You can get a sense of the functionality before it’s officially released, and you may bookmark this page to prevent the new weather widget from appearing when Windows 11 is updated.
1. Since the new weather widget isn’t widely available for everyone just yet, you can use Albacore’s ViveTool to enable the feature manually. To get started, download the latest ViveTool release from GitHub.
2. After downloading the ZIP file, right-click it from the file explorer and choose the “Extract All” option.
3. Then, click the “Browse” button to change the destination folder.
4. From the file picker interface, navigate to Windows -> System32 and choose “Select Folder”.
5. After picking the path, click on “Extract” to move the contents to the target folder.
6. Now that you have set up ViveTool, press the Windows key once, type “cmd”, and click “Run as administrator” on the right pane to run Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
7. In the Command Prompt window, paste the following commands individually and wait for the confirmation message. After running all the commands, restart your Windows 11 PC.
vivetool addconfig 36553793 2 vivetool addconfig 36226456 2 vivetool addconfig 36226054 2 vivetool addconfig 34301415 2
8. One last step you should do is update the Windows web experience pack. To do that, open Microsoft Store, switch to the “Library” section, and click the “Update” button. In case you’re not seeing the update, you can install Winget and use the command below to manually update the package.
winget upgrade 9MSSGKG348SP
9. If you have centered the taskbar, you will see the weather widget at the bottom-left corner. In case you have moved taskbar icons to the left, the new weather icon will replace the existing widget icon at the center.
While the weather widget is beneficial, instead of seeing the entire widget screen when you click or hover over the widget icon, it would be nice to see just the weather. We’re hoping Microsoft modifies the trigger behaviour before the stable channel release.