How to Disable ‘Meet Now’ in Windows 10

Meet Now in Windows 10 is a new feature that allows users to host and attend meetings remotely using Skype. Microsoft quietly introduced this feature in Windows 10. It was released to the general public in version “20H2” in October 2020.

Meet Now in Windows 10 is a new feature that allows users to host and attend meetings remotely using Skype. Microsoft quietly introduced this feature to the Windows 10 taskbar. It was released to the general public in version “20H2” in October 2020.

Since the feature was announced, folks have had mixed feelings about Microsoft’s approach, with some users calling ‘Meet Now’ bloatware. Author Note! Unless you have and use Skype, there is no reason to store the icon in your taskbar. With that said, let’s explore how to hide or disable this feature.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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The Meet Now

The Meet Now icon looks like a small video camera symbol with curved lines above and below it. By default, it appears in the notification area of the Windows 10 taskbar. Refer to below image:

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The Meet Now icon in your taskbar

When clicked, the Meet Now button opens a small pop-up window that includes links to start or join meetings using Skype, a teleconferencing service owned by Microsoft. See below image:

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The Meet Now window

If you do not have the Skype application installed, both links open the Skype website in your default web browser. If you do have Skype installed, the links will open the Skype application. There is no ‘Meet Now’ application.

How to Hide Meet Now

To hide the Meet Now icon, right-click it and select Hide from its context menu. See following image:

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Hiding the Meet Now icon

The Meet Now icon in the taskbar will disappear. It will not reappear unless you enable it again (see the section at the end). This action effectively “disables” Meet Now, since the button is merely a set of links to Skype.

How to Disable Meet Now

First, launch Settings by clicking the gear icon in your Start menu (in lower left-hand corner) or by pressing Windows + I on your keyboard. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, click the Personalization option. See below image:

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Accessing the Personalization option

Now, click the Taskbar option. See following image:

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Accessing the Taskbar option

Next, in the Taskbar settings menu, scroll down and locate the Notification Area section and then click the Turn system icons on or off link. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Turn system icons on or off link

On this page, locate the Meet Now option (usually at the bottom right of your screen) and toggle the switch to turn it Off. See below image:

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Disabling the Meet Now option

Now, the Meet Now icon will be disabled.

How to Restore Meet Now

If you have hidden or disabled the Meet Now button and you would like to see it again, open Settings by clicking the gear icon in your Start menu (in lower left-hand corner) or by pressing Windows + I on your keyboard. Now, navigate to

Personalization > Taskbar > Turn system icons on or off

Next, flip the toggle beside Meet Now (usually at the bottom right of your screen) to turn it On. See following image:

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Enabling the Meet Now option

The Meet Now icon will appear in the taskbar immediately, and it will remain there unless you hide or disable it again.

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