2 ways to remove the People icon from the Windows 10 taskbar
In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update you get a new icon on the taskbar: it is named People, and it looks like a symbol depicting two persons. If you click or tap on it, you see your contacts, if you have set up your Mail app. Otherwise, you see a window which says that it does not know much about your contacts and it suggests that you connect more apps. This icon is a shortcut to the My People hub, which it is supposed to make communicating with friends and other people in our lives, easier and faster. If you do not want to use it, here's how to remove it from your taskbar:
What is the People icon from the Windows 10 taskbar?
In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or newer, a new People icon is shown. It acts as a shortcut for the My People hub. If you do not know what it is and how it works, you should read this tutorial: 5 things you can do with the My People hub from Windows 10.
If the app is not set up, when you click or tap the People icon, you do not see anything except some advice that you should connect more apps to see suggested people (see the left part of the screenshot below). If the app is set up, when you click or tap the same icon, you see a list of people and suggested pins (see the right part of the screenshot below).
After reading our article that explains what this Windows 10 feature can do, decide whether you want to use it or not. If you do not want it, keep reading this tutorial.
The fastest way to remove the People icon from the taskbar
Right-click or press and hold anywhere on the empty space on the taskbar. In the contextual menu that is displayed, uncheck the line that says: "Show People button."
The People icon is gone from the taskbar, and the My People hub is disabled.
How to remove the People icon from Settings and disable My People
There is another way to do the same thing, and you first have to open the Settings app. One way to do that is to press Start and then Settings. In the Settings app, choose Personalization.
Next, choose Taskbar in the column on the left. A long list of taskbar-related settings is shown on the right. Scroll down the list until you find the People section.
In the People section, set the "Show contacts on the taskbar" switch to Off.
Both the People icon from the taskbar and the My People hub are now disabled.
Why did you disable the People icon from the taskbar?
As shown in this article about the My People hub, this feature can be useful and facilitate communication with others. Therefore, if you have arrived at the end of this tutorial, you have chosen to disable it. Please share with us your reasons why you did this, in the comments below. We are curious to find out.