How to remove the People button from the taskbar in Windows 10 Redstone 3

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So far there is not very much to get overly excited about in the Redstone 3 builds of Windows 10 that are creeping out, but there are new additions nonetheless. Build 16184, for instance, sees the arrival of the My People app and with it the addition of a new button in the taskbar.

Nestling to the left of the clock you will notice a monochrome icon featuring the outline of two people -- the People Bar. Click it, and you can use the My People app to gain easy access to contacts and keep an eye on conversations in Skype and Mail. But you may not want this clutter in your taskbar; here’s how to remove it.

A generalization it may be, but it's safe to assume that most people won’t feel the need to have fingertip access to their contacts through Windows 10's dedicated app. The taskbar can easily get cluttered and overly-busy, so why not kill the icon and claw back a little space? There are various ways to access the settings needed to remove the People icon, but the easiest is to use the following steps:

  • Right click on an empty section of the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
  • Scroll down through the list of settings until you reach the People section.
  • Flick the Show people on the taskbar toggle to the Off position.

That's all there is to it!

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