Add or Remove Meet Now Icon from Taskbar in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Meet Now Icon from Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting in Windows 10 Build 20221, Windows 10 displays an additional button in the taskbar notification area. The button, dubbed 'Meet Now', allows directly starting a new Skype video conference without having to be registered on Skype. If you never use this feature, you may want to get rid of the button.

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Meet Now in Skype allows you to easily set up a collaboration space and invite both Skype contacts and friends or family who are not on Skype. Participants can then easily join meetings whether they have an account or not.

Starting in Windows 10 Build 20221, Microsoft has extended this capability in Windows 10 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. You can now easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking on the Meet Now icon in the notification area (system tray) of the taskbar in Windows 10. No sign ups or downloads needed.

Meet Now In Taskbar 1You can remove, hide or re-add the Meet now taskbar button using one of the following methods.

To Remove Meet Now Icon from Taskbar in Windows 10,

  1. Right-click on the Meet now icon.
  2. Select Hide from the context menu.Add Or Remove Meet Now Taskbar Icon
  3. This will instantly remove the button.

The above method is the simplest and fastest method that is available in Windows 10.

To Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Settings,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Browse to Personalization > Taskbar.Taskbar Properties In Settings
  3. On the right, click on the Turn system icons on or off link under the Notification area section.Turn System Icons On Or Off Link Settings Personalization Taskbar
  4. On the next page, turn on to add (used by default) or off to remove the Meet Now taskbar icon for what you want.Add Or Remove Meet Now Taskbar Button In Windows 10

Finally, you can show or hide the Meet Now button in the taskbar without disabling it.

To Hide or Show Meet Now icon on Taskbar,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Browse to Personalization > Taskbar.Taskbar Properties In Settings
  3. On the right, click on the Select which icons appear on the taskbar link.Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar Link Settings Personalization Taskbar
  4. On the next page, turn on to show (used by default) or off to hide the Meet Now taskbar icon for what you want.Show Or Hide Meet Now Taskbar Button

Note: The above only works when the Always show all icons in the notification area option is enabled. When this option is enabled, Windows 10 hides new icons in a special tray in order to keep the taskbar clean. All the hidden icons appear in a panel which can be opened by clicking on the up arrow icon as shown below.

Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area Tray Icon Flytout Hidden Icons

Finally, you can simply drag-and-drop the Meet Now icon from the taskbar to that flyout, and will instantly become hidden.

Hide Meet Now Taskbar Button With Drag And Drop

That's it.

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6 thoughts on “Add or Remove Meet Now Icon from Taskbar in Windows 10

  1. tukon

    I don’t have this icon. Maybe it’s for Insiders.

    Reply
    1. David

      Actually, it has disappeared from my ‘Insider’ device and does display on my Windows 10 Pro Version 20H2 (OS Build 19042.630) devices.

      Reply
  2. Zanza

    is there a way to hide this via registry key or gpo setting?

    Reply
  3. xjonx

    I’m disappointed that this was installed without my consent and that Skype feels the need to spy on me even though I don’t have a Skype account, a windows.com account, a camera, a microphone or even a friend that uses Skype.

    Reply
    1. NMI

      Skype is not spying on you; it’s just an icon which is a shortcut (to Skype on the web if you don’t have Skype installed).

      Reply
      1. A.C.

        The point is that people aren’t opting in for this feature, they’re getting it forced upon them.

        Reply

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