How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Windows 11 taskbar includes a Chat icon by default. Clicking on the Chat icon brings up the Chat flyout, which shows your recent individual and group conversations. The Chat is powered by Microsoft Teams and is free!

If you are a Microsoft Teams user, you might find the new Chat convenient as you can quickly start and view conversations with your friends and family. In addition to clicking on the Chat icon, one can always bring up the Chat flyout using the Windows + C hotkey.

However, if you use something else to connect with your family and friends, you might want to get rid of the Chat icon to free up the space and reduce the clutter.

Removing the Chat icon from the taskbar is, although easy, it’s not straightforward. In the early builds of Windows 11, we could right-click on the Chat icon on the taskbar and then click the Hide from taskbar option.

The option no longer shows up when you perform a right-click on the Chat icon. In fact, this applies to other default icons such as search, task view, and Widgets.

That said, the Chat icon can be removed from the taskbar via the Settings app. In addition to removing the Chat app, you can also completely uninstall the Microsoft Teams app via the Settings app. You do not need to fire up PowerShell for the job. Here is how to do that.

Remove the Chat icon from Windows 11 taskbar

Step 1: Open the Settings app. On the left side of the Settings window, click Personalization. On the right side, click Taskbar.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Step 2: Now, on the right side, in the Taskbar items section, turn off the Chat option to remove the Chat icon from Windows 11 taskbar immediately.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Now that you have removed the Chat icon from the taskbar, it’s time to uninstall Microsoft Teams.

Remove Microsoft Teams from Windows 11 startup

By default, Microsoft Teams loads with Windows 11. If you are not using it, you can remove it from the startup to improve the boot time. Note that you can skip this if you are uninstalling Microsoft Teams.

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Apps > Startup page.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Step 2: In the Startup apps list, turn off the Microsoft Teams option to prevent it from loading with Windows 11.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Uninstall Microsoft Teams from Windows 11

Method 1 of 2

Uninstall Microsoft Teams via Settings

Step 1: Open the Settings app either using Start search or Windows + I hotkey.

Step 2: On the left pane of Settings, click Apps. On the right side, click Apps & features to view all installed apps.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Step 3: Scroll down the installed apps list to find the Microsoft Teams entry. Click on the three vertical dots (refer to the picture below) next to its entry and click the Uninstall option.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Step 4: Click the Uninstall button when you see the following confirmation to uninstall and remove Microsoft Teams from Windows 11.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

Note that the Chat icon will continue to appear in the Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page even after uninstalling the Microsoft Teams app. As of now, there is no way to remove it from the Settings page.

Method 2 of 2

Uninstall Microsoft Teams via Start menu

Step 1: In the Start menu search, type Microsoft Teams to see its entry.

Step 2: On the right side, click on the Uninstall option (refer to the picture below) to remove Teams from your PC.

How To Remove Chat Icon From Windows 11 Taskbar

FAQ’s

1. How do I get rid of chat and widgets in Windows 11?

The easiest way to remove the Task View icon is to right-click on your Taskbar and click on Taskbar settings. You can also click on Start > Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. Check or uncheck Widgets. Check or uncheck Chat.

2. How do I unpin chat from Taskbar?

To do so, right-click an empty spot on the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings” in the pop-up. When Settings opens to Personalization > Taskbar, expand the “Taskbar Items” section near the top. Next, flip the “Chat” switch to “Off.” After that, close Settings, and you’re all set.

3. How to remove chat in windows 11?

The simplest way is to right-click the Taskbar and select Taskbar Settings. Toggle the switch for the Chat option to hide the button. Click the Start button, type Chat or Teams, and uninstall the app, or you can use the Settings > Apps > Apps and Features screen.

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