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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.

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 Windows 11 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.

What Are The Ways In Windows 11 To Remove Chat From Taskbar?

There are many techniques you can refer to, for example;

  1. Use Hide Option.
  2. Use The Taskbar.
  3. Use Settings.
  4. Use Windows Search.
  5. Restart Windows Explorer.
  6. Edit Windows Registry.
  7. Use Registry To Remove Chat For All Users.
  8. Use Local Group Policy.
  9. Uninstall Microsoft Teams.

Use Hide Option

This is the simplest method to disable Chats in your Taskbar. Right-click on the “Chat” icon in the “Taskbar” and pick “Hide From Taskbar.” The option should be gone.

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Tip: If the hide option is not working, it may be due to a bug. Restart your PC to fix it.

Use The Taskbar

Right-click on the “Taskbar” and pick “Taskbar Settings.” You will see the Chat option on this screen. Deactivate it by switching off the toggle.

Use Settings

The Windows 11 Settings interface lets you modify any part of the Operating System. Therefore, you can decide to turn off the Chat icon through this menu.

Refer to the steps prescribed in this section:

  1. Open Windows 11 “Settings” and go to “Personalization.”
  2. Find and click on “Taskbar.”
  3. Proceed to the “Chat” option and disable it using the “Toggle Button.”
    Disable Chat Via Toggle
    Disable Chat (Image By Tech4Gamers)

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Alternatively, you can resort to the Search menu to navigate to the “Taskbar Settings” in order to switch off the Chat icon.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Right-click on the “Windows” symbol in the “Taskbar.”
  2. Select “Search,” and it should open the Search menu on your screen.
  3. Type “Taskbar Settings.”
  4. Turn the “Chat” option off.
    Turn Off Chat With Toggle Button
    Turn Off Chat (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Edit Windows Registry

Another way to eliminate Chat is to edit the settings in the Windows Registry Editor. A fellow Windows 11 user on a public forum also vouched for this method. 

Here are the steps you can use:

  1. Write “regedit” in the “Run” box.
  2. Click on the address bar and enter this: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.”
  3. Navigate to “TaskbarMn” and click on it.
  4. In the “Value Data” box, set to “0.” Hit “OK.”
    Change Value Data To 0
    Value Data 0 (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Also Read: How To Fix Windows 11 Crackling Audio

Use Registry To Remove Chat For All Users

With this method, we disabled the Chat for all users on our computer. The technique works because once you modify the relevant DWORD value, the icon automatically disappears.

Take note of the prescribed steps:

  1. Once again, access the Windows “Registry” and enter the address, “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\.”
  2. Right-click anywhere on the black screen and hover the cursor over “New.”
  3. Pick “Key” from the subsequent sub-box. 
    Create A New Key
    New Key (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Rename it to “Windows Chat.”
  5. Again, right-click on the black screen and hover over “New,” but this time, select “DWORD (32-bit) Value.”
  6. Name it “ChatIcon.”
    Click On Chat Icon
    Chat Icon (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  7. Double-click on it and set the “Value Data” to “3.”
    Change Value Data To 3
    Value Data 3 (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  8. Restart the computer to put these changes into effect.
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

We also found that making a few tweaks in the concerned policy effectively removes 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 this process:

  1. Type “gpedit.msc” in the “Run” box to access the “Local Group Policy Editor” menu.
  2. Choose “Administrative Templates” under “Computer Configuration.”
  3. Select “Windows Components” from the following options.
  4. Go to “Chat.” On the right, click “Configures The Chat Icon On The Taskbar.”
    Configure Chat In Taskbar
    Configure Chat (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Put a dot on the “Disabled” option and choose “OK.”
  6. Restart your system and check if the Chat icon is removed from the Taskbar.

Uninstall Microsoft Teams

Lastly, uninstall the pre-loaded Microsoft Teams app from your Windows 11 computer. Doing so will remove the Chat option as well.

Resort to the following instructions:

  1. In the “Settings” interface, pick “Apps.”
  2. Then, choose “Apps And Features.”
  3. Scroll to “Microsoft Teams” in this list and click on the “Three-Dots” next to it.
     Important: Select the Teams app with a purple logo and more than 100 MB in size.  
  4. Select “Uninstall” from the dropdown menu.
    Uninstall Microsoft Team From Windows
    Uninstall Microsoft Team (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Again, confirm your choice by pressing “Uninstall.”

Also Read: How To Find MAC Address In Windows 11?

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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