Alexander: How to stop Edge web browser promotions in Windows 10


Question: I don’t like the frequent interruptions of my work by Microsoft in Windows 10. How can I prevent the Windows 10 newsfeed from continuously showing when I try to write an email? The News Feed window covers part of the screen on the right side.

Also, how can I prevent Microsoft from bombarding me with messages to switch from Google Chrome browser to Edge? When I use the search box at the bottom left of the screen, I get the message “Try the browser recommended by Microsoft” and a button to click “Launch now”.


A: Microsoft uses these traps to promote Edge, which ranks third in popularity for web browsers. In a recent study on the global web browser market share, Google Chrome held 65.27%, Apple Safari 18.34%, Microsoft Edge 3.4%, Firefox 3.29%, Samsung Internet 3.18% and Opera 2.19% (see

If you accidentally hover your cursor over the weather icon at the bottom right of the Windows 10 taskbar, the “News & Interests” pop-up is triggered. It then covers a portion of whatever is on your computer. screen with links to news, weather, stock prices and traffic information. If you click on one of the links, they open in the Edge browser, even if you have set Google Chrome as the default browser.

To turn off “News & Interests”, right-click on the taskbar. In the menu that appears, click on News and interests and choose “deactivate”. You’ll know it’s gone because the weather icon will disappear from the taskbar.

The Edge ads you see when you use the search box are called “tips, tricks, and suggestions,” and they appear because Windows 10 knows you’re using a different browser. To turn off messages, click Settings on the taskbar (the icon looks like a cogwheel.) Then click System, and in the resulting menu, click “notifications and actions” on the left side. On the right side of the menu, uncheck the box labeled “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions when using Windows.”

Question: I am having trouble working on a 2009 Microsoft Word document that I transferred to my Windows 10 PC from an older computer. The file cannot be processed because it is under “protected view”. What can I do?

MICHAEL FOX, Minneapolis

A: “Protected View” opens a Word document in read-only mode. It is activated when your PC thinks a file may contain malware because it is from an unknown source. The easiest solution is to turn off Protected View. To do this, open Word, click on the “File” heading, and then click “Options” in the lower left corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, click “Trust Center” on the left, then click “Trust Center Settings” on the right. In the next menu, click on “protected view” on the left side of the screen.

Then, in the center of the screen, uncheck all the boxes under the heading “protected view”. They include “Enable Protected View for Files From the Internet”, “Enable Protected View for Files in Potentially Dangerous Locations” and “Enable Protected View for Outlook Attachments”. Click OK at the bottom of the screen, and on the next screen, click OK again.


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