If you just installed Windows 11, you may notice a few new icons on the Taskbar. One of these is for an instant messaging app called Teams. This is not the Microsoft Teams app you may be used to at School or at Work. The original Teams app had a blue background tile with a white T on it. The new Chat app has a camera icon and is essentially a personal version of the Teams app that you can use to chat with your family and friends.
The Chat icon is pretty weird, if you click on it it launches the Teams app. But if you have uninstalled Chat app and click on Chat icon, it will reload said app. I find it of little value so you can completely delete it if you don’t touch it.
The easiest way is to right click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar Settings. Toggle the switch for the Chat option to hide the button.
However, the above way is just to hide the Chat button, you can disable it completely by following the steps below:
- Press Windows + R, type cmd, hold CTRL + SHIFT and press Enter to run the Command Prompt window with Administrator rights.
- Type in the code below and press Enter.
>nul 2>&1 REG ADD “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced” /f /v TaskbarMn /t REG_DWORD /d 0
This command hides the Chat button from view and disables it from working.
Hope the above Windows 11 tips will help you.