How to block Windows 10 popups for Microsoft Edge and Bing Rewards

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Just the other day users started to notice that Microsoft was using Windows 10 to push ads for its Edge browser. Already riled by ads for Windows 10 itself and the appearance of app ads in the Start menu, people were soon asking how to stop the unwanted popups.

One suggestion that started doing the round was that simply unpinning Microsoft Edge from the taskbar does the job -- but it doesn’t seem to work for everyone. Here are a few more things you can do to prevent the appearance of Microsoft's ads.

If you have yet to try unpinning Edge, this is a very quick an easy process. All you need to do is right-click on the icon for Microsoft Edge in the taskbar and select the Unpin from taskbar option. But there is another way to stop notifications, and this can be configured via Settings.

Open Settings via the Start menu and then click System followed by Notifications & actions. In the list of options to the right, locate the setting labeled 'Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows', and move the toggle to the Off position.

What was interesting about the recent popups is that they were not ads specifically about Edge -- rather they were about Bing Rewards. Microsoft could use the same technique to advertise other things, so you could be saving yourself from a future ad inundation.

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