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How to Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar in Windows 10

Microsoft has released another new Windows 10 Build 20221, which has added a Meet Now icon in the taskbar in Windows 10. So, you can now easily host or join a meeting on skype without even visiting the website or opening the app, but how to disable meet now icon from taskbar in windows 10?

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If the Windows 10 Meet Now feature isn’t for you, we’ll show you ways to disable the meet now icon from the taskbar through this guide’s integration.

In the Windows 10 operating system, you may see the icon for the “Meet Now” feature in the taskbar. When clicked, it allows users to start or join meetings on Skype. If you are looking to disable the meet now icon from the taskbar, then here are the two methods that show you how you can do so.

Simply Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar

How to Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar in Windows 10
Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar With Hide Option

This is the quickest method to disable the Meet Now icon from the taskbar. Right-click the Meet Now icon from the taskbar, and then from the context menu, click on the “Hide” option, and the icon will be removed.

Note: The Meet Now icon in the taskbar is available on Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909 through the KB4580386 release. The latest Windows 10 versions are yet to receive it.

Another Method To Remove Meet Now Icon

Open settings

Open the Settings app on your computer. For this, press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard.

Select personalization option

Now, select the Personalization option, and in there, click on the “Taskbar” from the left side pane.

System icons

On the right side, from the Notification area section, click on the “Turn system icons on or off” link

Toggle meet now button

On the page that opens, turn off the toggle button for the “Meet Now” option.

After you have followed this process, you won’t see the Meet Now icon in the Taskbar of your computer. To re-enable it, follow the same process mentioned above but instead of turning off the toggle, turn the toggle On.

Removing Meet Now via the Group Policy

Note: The new Meet Now icon is not added on Windows 10 Enterprise systems or Azure Active Directory accounts.

Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar

System administrators may disable (or enable) the Meet Now icon on the Windows 10 taskbar using the Group Policy. The Group Policy is only available in professional editions of Windows 10, and not in Windows 10 Home.

Here is how that is done:

  1. You need elevated rights to use the Group Policy.
  2. Use Windows-R to open the runbox.
  3. Type gpedit.msc and select OK.
  4. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
  5. Double-click on “Remove the Meet Now icon“.
  6. Set the feature to “Enabled” to hide the icon on the taskbar of the Windows 10 operating system.
  7. Restart the PC.

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Quickly Hide or Show Meet Now icon on Taskbar

Open the Settings app.

Browse to Personalization > Taskbar.

How to Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar in Windows 10
Select icons – Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar in Windows 10

On the right, click on the Select which icons appear on the taskbar link.

On the next page, turn on to show (used by default) or off to hide the Meet Now taskbar icon for what you want.

Note: The above only works when the Always show all icons in the notification area option is enabled. Windows 10 hides new icons in a special tray to keep the taskbar clean when this option is enabled. All the hidden icons appear in a panel, which can be opened by clicking on the up arrow icon, as shown below.
How to Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar in Windows 10
Settings – Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar

Finally, you can drag-and-drop the Meet Now icon from the taskbar to that flyout, and it will instantly become hidden. That’s it.

How to Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar With Registry

Warning: Editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you do not complete the task correctly. It is recommended to make a full backup of the device before proceeding.

If you use the Home edition of Windows 10, you can still disable the taskbar video chat integration by editing the Registry.

To remove or disable the Meet Now icon modifying the Registry, use these steps below:

1. Open Start.
2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.
3. Browse the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

A quick tip: On Windows 10, you can now copy and paste the path in the Registry’s address bar to quickly jump to the key destination.

1. Right-click the Policies (folder) key, select the New submenu and choose the Key option.

2. Name the key Explorer and press Enter.

3. Right-click the Explorer (folder) key, select the New submenu, and choose the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

4. Name the key HideSCAMeetNow and press Enter.

Set Value - Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar
Set Value – Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar

5. Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1. See image above.

6. Click the OK button.

7. Restart your computer.

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FAQs – Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar in Windows 10

Why is meet now on my taskbar?

Microsoft added the Meet Now icon to the Windows 10 taskbar. Microsoft added the button to make it easier for its operating system to create meetings or join meetings.

Is meet now a spyware?

Meet now is not spyware. Meet Now has been integrated into the OS. It is a part of a 128KB update to a Windows System component (Windows Shell Experience Host) that remains a part of the OS.

Who owns meet now?

Microsoft, which owns Skype, has released a new feature called “Meet Now.” There is no need for the users even to download the app or go through the elaborate signing up process.

Conclusion – Disable Meet Now Icon From Taskbar

While it’s impossible to uninstall ‘Meet Now’ in Windows 10, but you can certainly hide it from the taskbar pretty easily.

This is how you can add or remove the Meet Now button from the taskbar in Windows 10. For more such tips and tricks, stay tuned with us.

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