You may not pay attention to it, but Windows 11 provides a “Chat” icon that links directly to Microsoft Teams on the taskbar. Clicking this icon gives you quick access to your list of chats in Teams. While this is a handy feature, if you’re not using Microsoft Teams, you can easily hide it from the taskbar with just a few simple taps.
Hide the Chat taskbar icon on Windows 11
To remove the chat icon, or any other application icon, from the taskbar area on Windows 11, you just need to do the following simple steps. First, right-click the icon you want to delete; in this case, the icon that looks like a purple text bubble with a camera inside. Immediately, an options menu will appear; click “Hide From Taskbar“.
The selected icon will immediately disappear from the taskbar.
Alternatively, you can also open the Windows Settings menu and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar. In the “Taskbar Items” section, click the toggle switch to the right of the “Chat” option to turn it “Off“.
After that, close Settings, and you will see the icon has disappeared from the taskbar.
Show the chat taskbar icon on Windows 11 again
If you change your mind and want the chat icon to appear on your taskbar again, right-click the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings“.
You will be taken to Personalization > Taskbar. In the “Taskbar Items” section, switch the “Chat” option to “On“.
Immediately, the Chat icon will reappear on your taskbar.