Microsoft Copilot is a centralized AI-powered assistant integrated into Windows 11 with the KB5030310 update. It can assist you with a gamut of things, from helping you search for things online and summarizing/analyzing text documents to changing your computer settings and even connecting with other apps installed on your PC.
If you don't see yourself using Copilot much on your PC, you can simply remove it from the Taskbar and still be able to access Copilot using the keyboard shortcut
If you were here to learn about removing Copilot completely from your Windows 11 PC, check out our guide linked below:
Removing Copilot Button from Taskbar Settings
First, head to the Start Menu and click on the 'Settings' icon to proceed.
After that, select the 'Personalization' tab from the left sidebar.
Next, from the right section of the screen, locate and click on the 'Taskbar' tile.
To disable the Windows Copilot, locate and select the 'Copilot' option, then click on the toggle switch to set it to the 'Off' position.
Removing Copilot Button Using Registry Editor
First, head to the Start Menu and type Registry Editor. Then, from the search results, click on the 'Registry Editor' tile.
After that, type or copy+paste the below-mentioned directory in the address path and hit
Enter to navigate to it.
Now, double-click on the 'ShowCopilotButton' DWORD file to proceed.
In case the file doesn't exist, right-click in the right section of the window and hover over the 'New' option. Then, select the 'DWORD' file to continue.
Now, rename the file to
ShowCopilotButton and double-click on it to open its properties.
0 in the Value field and click 'OK' to save the changes.
And that's it. You might not see the changes immediately in some cases. Restart the PC from the Start Menu to let the changes take effect.
Disable Copilot Button Using Group Policy Editor.
Head to the Start Menu and type
Policy Editor. Then, from the search results, click on the 'Edit Group Policy' tile to continue.
On the Policy Editor window, click on the 'Computer Configuration' option from the left section of the window.
Then, from the right section of the window, click on the 'Administrative Templates' option.
Next, double-click on the 'Start Menu and Taskbar' option to continue.
Now, locate and double-click on the 'Hide the Copilot' policy to open its properties.
Choose the 'Enabled' option from the top left corner and then click 'Apply' and 'OK' to save the changes.
If you are here to unhide the Copilot button, select the 'Disabled' option from the top left corner and click 'Apply' and 'OK' to save changes.
Use ViveTool to Enable Windows Copilot
In case you wish to try Window Copilot and, despite being in the Dev Channel in Windows Insider, you are not able to access it, you can use ViveTool to add the feature to your Windows PC.
First, head to github.com/ViVe using your preferred browser. Then, click on the latest version of
.ZIP file to download it.
Once downloaded, head to your default downloads directory and right-click on the
.ZIP file and select the 'Extract all' option. This will bring a new window to your screen.
From the separately opened window, you can select the destination for the extracted files. By default, they will be extracted in the same folder. After making the changes (or not), click on the 'Extract' option.
Once extracted, double-click on the folder to continue.
After that, click on the address bar and press
C on your keyboard to copy the directory path. Keep it handy, as we will use it in the forthcoming steps.
Now, head to the Start Menu and type
Terminal. Then, from the search results, right-click on the 'Terminal' tile and select the 'Run as administrator' option.
You will see a UAC (User Account Control) window on your screen. If you are not logged in with an admin account, enter the credentials for one. Otherwise, click on the 'Yes' button to proceed.
On the Terminal window, click 'Chevron' (downwards arrow) and select the 'Command Prompt' option. This will open Command Prompt in a new tab.
Afterward, type or copy+paste the below-mentioned command and hit Enter to execute it.
cd <copied address path>
Next, type or copy+paste the below-mentioned command and hit
Enter to execute.
vivetool /enable /id:44774629,44776738,44850061,42105254,41655236
Once successfully executed, you should receive the acknowledgment of the same.
Now, restart your PC from the Start Menu. After the restart, you should see the Copilot Icon on the Taskbar. If not, head to Settings and enable the Toggle for Windows Copilot, as shown in the earlier section of this post.
Windows is the first operating system to have a centralized AI assistant that not only helps you with external tasks but can also customize and perform actions pertaining to the OS itself.