Windows 11 comes with a revamped taskbar experience. The icons are now centered and spread out evenly as you open more and more apps. Windows 11 also pins a few additional apps (or features) by default to the taskbar. These include Search, Task View, Widgets, and Chat. Chat is a fresh addition to Windows 11 (powered by Microsoft Teams) while others were also available on Windows 10.
Depending on your use case and needs, you may or may not find them useful. The icons are unlike the standard pinned icons such as Store and Edge, which you can unpin just by right-clicking on the icon. So, here’s how you can remove the Chat and other icons and make more space on your Windows 11 taskbar.
Disable Search, Task view, Chat and Widget icons from the taskbar
You can remove the icons very easily from the taskbar settings. Here are the few steps that you need to follow to get rid of the icons that you don’t need.
- Right-click on an empty area of your taskbar.
- Choose “Taskbar settings”
Alternatively, you can also open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar to arrive at the same screen.
- Under Taskbar items, turn off the toggle for the items that you want to hide from the taskbar. I’ll uncheck all 4 of them!
That’s it, the icons/items/apps will immediately disappear from your taskbar. It is that easy to debloat your taskbar and start with a cleaner experience. You can still access the search from the Start menu. Similarly, you can access Task view by using the 3-finger gestures on your trackpad or touchscreen.