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How To Remove Chat From Taskbar In Windows 11?

Use the Settings, Taskbar Settings, or the Local Group Policy to remove chat from Taskbar in Windows 11.

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You may want to disable the Chat option in the Taskbar if you are not a frequent user of the app or if it’s taking up unnecessary space. In any case, there are multiple methods in Windows 11 to remove Chat from the Taskbar.

Key Takeaways
  • The simplest ways to remove the Chat symbol are via the System Settings and Taskbar Settings.
  • You can also use the Registry Editor and Local Group Policy to deactivate the Chat icon.
  • Uninstalling the Microsoft Teams app can also aid in this process.

Methods Difficulty Rating

Hide Option
Rated: 1/10

Taskbar
Rated: 1/10

Windows Settings
Rated: 3/10

Windows Registry
Rated: 2/10

Local Group Policy
Rated: 5/10

Use Hide Option

This is the simplest method to disable Chats in your Taskbar. I right-clicked on the Chat icon in the Taskbar and picked the option Hide From Taskbar. The icons instantly disappeared from my PC.

Hide From Taskbar
Hide From Taskbar (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Tip: If the hide option is not working, it may be due to a bug. Restart your PC to fix it.

Use The Taskbar

After right-clicking on the Taskbar, I went to Taskbar Settings. The Chat option appeared on the next screen, and I deactivated it by switching off the toggle.

Taskbar Settings
Taskbar Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Use Settings

The Windows 11 Settings interface lets you modify any part of the Operating System and has always been effective in modifying hardware or app settings. Hence, I also used it for the task at hand, the technique to which is as follows.

  1. Access  Taskbar Settings: Open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
  2. Disable Chat: Proceed to the Chat option and disable it using the Toggle button.
    Disable Chat Via Toggle
    Disable Chat (Image By Tech4Gamers)

 


Use Registry To Remove Chat For All Users

Windows Registry is essential to the Windows OS since it keeps a database of all the settings and configurations related to the system, the installed software, and the connected hardware, including any modifications made by the user.

With this method, I disabled the Chat for all users on my computer. The technique works because once you modify the relevant DWORD Value, the icon automatically goes away. 

  1. Enter Code: Once again, access the Windows Registry and enter the address:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
  2. Create New Key: Right-click anywhere on the black screen > Hover the cursor over New > Key > Rename it to Windows Chat. 
    Create A New Key
    Create New Key (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Create DWORD Value: Again, right-click on the black screen and hover over New > DWORD (32-bit) Value > Name it ChatIcon.
    Click On Chat Icon
     Select Chat Icon (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Modify Value Data: Double-click on it and set the Value Data to 3 > OK > Restart the computer.
    Change Value Data To 3
    Change Value Data To 3 (Image By Tech4Gamers)
WARNING: Make sure not to delete anything in the registry, as it contains important files. Deleting them could mess things up.

Use Local Group Policy

The Local Group Policy refers to the settings and configurations of a particular Windows computer, applied to all the user accounts present in it. By making a few tweaks in the concerned policy, I effectively removed Chat from the Taskbar in Windows 11.

Although, make sure not to make any mistakes as it may adversely affect the computer’s performance. Here is a breakdown of the steps for changing Group Policies.

  1. Open Group Policy: Type gpedit.msc in the Run box to access the Local Group Policy Editor menu.
  2. Launch Windows Components: Choose Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration > Windows Components.
  3. Configure Chat Icon: Go to Chat > On the right, click Configures The Chat Icon On The Taskbar.
    Configure Chat In Taskbar
    Click On Configure Chat Option (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Turn Off Chat: Put a dot on the Disabled option > OK > Restart your system.

Wrap Up

In my case, I removed Chat to declutter and save space in the Taskbar. Among the options, utilizing the Hide From Taskbar feature proved to be the quickest method for a cleaner and more streamlined Taskbar appearance, while editing the Windows Registry and Local Group Policies could be technical for beginners. On the other hand, uninstall the pre-loaded Microsoft Teams app from your Windows 11 computer if the icon is still there. Doing so will remove the Chat option, along with the software and any related files.

Important: Select the Teams app with a purple logo and more than 100 MB in size.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Remove Windows 11 Chat From Taskbar?

Multiple ways exist to remove the Chat icon from the Taskbar, such as via Settings, Windows Registry, Local Group Policy, and more.

How Can I Re-Add The Chat To Taskbar?

You can re-add the Chat option using the Settings, Taskbar Settings, or the Local Group Policy. Instead of choosing to disable, you can go with enable and turn on the toggle switch.

Will Uninstalling Microsoft Teams Remove The Chat Option?

Yes, uninstalling Microsoft Teams from your computer will also eliminate the Chat option.


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