If you recently noticed a video camera like an icon in the system tray, don’t panic. It is an option to create a quick video meeting using Skype, which is called — Meet Now. More and more people are looking for easy to start a group call, and Skype Meet has been offering this for some time. This post will look at what Meet Now is and how you can remove it from Windows 10.
What is Meet Now in Windows 10
Meet Now’s icon in the taskbar is a rather creative way to pull everyone’s interest. Skype comes preinstalled in Windows 10, and it gives Microsoft a good chance to quickly join a meeting or launch a new meeting. This feature was launched a few months ago, which gives every user their own space where they can invite people to join via the link, and it works even if they don’t have Skype installed.
Meet Now is only useful for those who are into Skype meetings. Also, nobody wants an icon to keep showing all the time. So here are two ways to remove Meet Now in Windows 10.
- Remove Meet Now using Group Policy
- Remove Meet Now using Registry.
1] Remove Meet Now using Group Policy
IT admins can enable or disable Meet Now Icon on Windows 10 using the Group Policy and Registry Editor. While it is available for Windows 10 Pro and above, you can use it to access Group Policy in the Windows Home version.
- Open Run Prompt (Win + R)
- Press Enter key to open Group Policy
- Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
- Locate and double click on the Policy “Remove the Meet Now icon.”
- Double click on it, and choose to Enable it.
The policy says that it allows you to remove the Meet Now icon from the system control area. If you choose to enable it, then the Meet Now icon is not displayed in the system notification area. Still, if you disable or do not configure it, the Meet Now icon is displayed in the system notification area.
2] Remove Meet Now using Registry
If you like to do it from the registry, there is a way, but make sure to take a backup. If you are a Windows 10 Home user, you can use this method instead of Group Policy.
Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run prompt followed by press the Enter key.
You have two options here. You can choose to disable for all or a single user, i.e., yourself.
Edit or Create a new DWORD (32bit) value and name it HideSCAMeetNow.
If you choose to set the value as 1, the Meet Now option will be disabled.
Restart the PC for the change to apply.
- Disabling Skype from starting up may not always help.
- Toggling Off the Show/Hide the Meet Now icon in the taskbar via Settings also may not always help.
Do note if you use Skype, then this is extremely handy for quick meeting creation. You might want to read this post on how to host free Video Conference Calls instantly with Skype Meet.