How to add / remove the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar in Windows 10

How to add / remove the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar in Windows 10

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone with just two clicks and each call can last up to 24 hours.

Microsoft has expanded this capability starting with Windows 10 build 20221 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. Now you can easily set up video calls, contact friends and family immediately by clicking the Meet Now icon in the notification area (system tray) of the taskbar in Windows. 10. No registration or download required.

Meet Now will open the Skype app installed on any device. Even if you’re not signed in, you can join the call or chat as a guest. If you don’t have Skype installed on your computer, it will open Skype on the web. Supported browsers for Meet Now are Microsoft Edge and the latest version of Google Chrome.

Meet Now on the Windows 10 Taskbar is now available to everyone starting with Windows 10 build 20231.

This guide will show you how to add, remove, hide, or show the Meet Now icon in the taskbar notification area in Windows 10.

Removed the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar

Right-click or press and hold the Meet Now system icon in the taskbar notification area and click Hide.

Remove the Meet Now icon from the Taskbar

Add or remove the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar in Settings

1. Open Settings and click the Personalization icon .

2. Click the Taskbar on the left side and click the Turn system icons on or off link in the Notification area on the right side.

Click the Turn system icons on or off link in the Notification area

3. Enable (default – add) or disable (remove) the Meet Now system icon, depending on what you want.

Enable (default – add) or disable (remove) the Meet Now system icon

4. Now, you can close Settings if you want.

Hide or show the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar in Settings

1. Open Settings and click the Personalization icon .

2 Click the Taskbar on the left side and tap the Select which icons appear on the taskbar link in the Notification area on the right side.

Click the link Select which icons appear on the taskbar in the Notification area

3. Enable (default – show) or disable (hide) the Meet Now notification area icon, depending on what you want.

Note : You will need to disable Always show all icons in the notification area at the top to be able to enable or disable Meet Now.

Enable (default – show) or disable (hide) the Meet Now notification area icon

4. Now, you can close Settings if you want.

Hide or show the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar for all or specific users in the Local Group Policy Editor

Note:

  • You must be logged in as admin to perform this option.
  • If disabled, this option will be greyed out and prevent use of the Settings option above.
  • Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

1. Open Local Group Policy Editor to apply this policy to all users, specific users or groups, or all users except admin.

2. Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor .

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
Navigate to the location of this policy in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor

3. In the right panel of the Start Menu and Taskbar , double-click the Remove the Meet Now icon policy to edit.

4. Do step 5 (to turn on) or step 6 (to turn off) below for what you want to do.

5. To enable the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar, select Not Configured or Disabled , click OK and go to step 7 below.

Note : Not Configured is the default setting.

6. To disable the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar, select Enabled , click OK, and go to step 7 below.

To disable the Meet Now icon on the Taskbar, select Enabled, click OK, and go to step 7 below

7. When done, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you want.

8. Restart the explorer process, log off and log in, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

Remove the Meet Now icon on Windows 10 using the Windows Registry

The last option for you to apply is to delete Meet Now using the Windows Registry. This is the least recommended option because making changes to the Registry can have undesirable consequences if you change the settings incorrectly.

In this case, you can safely use the Registry to hide Meet Now to yourself or all users on a shared computer.

1. Type regedit in Start menu search bar and select Best Match to open Registry Editor.

2. To block Meet Now on your Windows account, browse to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer

3. Right-click the Explorer window and select New> Dword (32-bit) Value .

4. Name it HideSCAMeetNow , then set the value to 1 .

Create a DWORD HideSCAMeetNow and set its value to 1

If you want to hide the Meet Now reminders for all user accounts on your PC, follow the instructions above but browse to the following location in step 2:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer

Create DWORD, name and value – all the same.

Can you completely remove Meet Now from Windows 10?

The answer is no. Meet Now is an online meeting feature of Skype that belongs to the Skype app or can be accessed through the Skype web app.

The Meet Now icon appearing on the screen without warning is an annoyance, which is unquestionable. But you can’t bury your input on Skype and get rid of the tool’s functionality. Hiding the icon and forgetting that it exists is the best choice for you.

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