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6 Ways to Disable Windows 10's Built-in Ads and Tips

Windows 10 has a lot of built-in advertisements and tips. If these ads and tips annoy you, you can turn them off. This article will illustrate 6 ways to disable the built-in ads and tips in Windows 10.

Way 1: Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen Ads

Windows 10 displays ads on the lock screen via Windows Spotlight. Sometimes, Windows Spotlight will just show off cool wallpapers, but it'll also sneak in advertisements for the game in the Windows Store. To disable these lock screen ads, here's how:

Step 1: Open Settings app. Click Personalization > Lock Screen.

Step 2: Turn off the “Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen” option.

Disable Windows 10 lock screen Ads

Way 2: Remove Suggested app from Start menu

Windows 10 will occasionally show Suggested apps in the Start menu. While some tips can be helpful, some suggestions may include advertising. These apps take up valuable space in Start menu. You may not wish to see these notifications anymore. To remove suggested apps from appearing in the Start menu, here is how:

Step 1: Go to Settings > Personalization > Start.

Step 2: Turn off Occasionally show suggestions in Start option.

Remove Suggested app from Start menu

Way 3: Stop Notification Ads from appearing

To disable tips and notifications related to Windows 10 features, go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Set these "Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when I sign in to highlight what's new and suggested" and "Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows" options to off.

Stop Notification Ads from appearing

Way 4: Remove Ads from the Windows Ink Workspace

The Windows Ink Workspace includes its own " Suggested apps" section which advertises pen-enabled apps available in the Windows Store. You can disable these with ease, here's how:

Go to Settings > Devices > Pen & Windows Ink and turn off the “Show recommended app suggestions” option to get rid of these suggested apps ads.

Remove Ads from the Windows Ink Workspace

Way 5: Remove Online Tips from Settings app

In recent Windows 10 versions, the Settings app shows tips about different options available on the currently opened page. These tips may include general advice, links to online help and video tutorials. If you don't want to see these online tips, you can disable them via Local Group Policy Editor.

Settings tips

Step 1: Open Group Policy Editor.

Press Windows logo key to focus on Search box, enter into gpedit.msc, then hit Enter key.

Open Group Policy Editor

Step 2: On Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel. Double-click on the policy option Allow Online Tips to disable it.

Disable Online Tips

Way 6: Disable Advertisement from File Explorer

Microsoft is now displaying ads pushing OneDrive and Office 365 with a banner at the top of the File Explorer window. These banners can be disabled in File Explorer’s options window. Here's how:

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Click the View tab, and then select Options.

Open folder options

Step 2: On Folder Options, click View tab, and then uncheck "Show sync provider notifications".

Hide notifiacation from File Explorer