Why and How to Disable Windows 11 Copilot? – Mundo2030

As Microsoft announced in Feb 2023, the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview version has a new feature called Copilot. This is nothing but Bing AI Chat that you can see in Edge sidebar as well as in Bing website. Here is how the Windows 11 Copilot looks and how you can enable or disable it.

Windows 11 Copilot

You will see a new Copilot icon appears next to search icon/bar/box in the Taskbar. At this point, it shows PRE on the icon indicating it is in preview stage.

Copilot Icon in Taskbar
Copilot Icon in Taskbar

Click on the icon to launch Copilot which will open as a right sidebar on the screen display.

Windows 11 Copilot on Right Sidebar
Windows 11 Copilot on Right Sidebar

Is it Worth to Use Windows 11 Copilot?

It seems Microsoft did not introduce anything new in Windows 11 Copilot and uses the same dumb Bing AI chat. You have the same three conversation styles as Creative, Balanced or Precise and post your question to start a conversation. You can anytime click the chat icon showing left side of the text box to start a new conversation.

I thought it will at least integrate with Windows Search to find stuffs within the computer. So, I asked, “open settings app” and the poor Bing AI searches the web and shows the steps for “How to open settings app on mobile device”.

Dumb Answers from Bing AI in Windows 11 Copilot
Dumb Answers from Bing AI in Windows 11 Copilot

I also searched for the same query by clicking on Windows Search lens icon in Taskbar. It shows search results from the web using Bing search at least related to Windows OS.

Windows Search Web Results
Windows Search Web Results

I do not know what is the improvement in Copilot compared to Windows Search when both show web results using Bing search. At least, Windows Search shows result from individual websites without scrapping and skewing the answers. You can also filter the results in Windows Search which is very useful to find relevant items in your computer. The only difference I could see is that Copilot is conversational but I still don’t see the importance of keeping it on the desktop screen all the time.

Edge Bing AI Chat is Now Windows 11 Copilot

Now that you click on the Bing AI Chat icon on Edge sidebar to toggle Windows 11 Copilot. Microsoft also renamed the Bing AI Chat icon as Copilot in Edge sidebar. This means the previous features like creating blog posts and composing emails in Edge will be removed and you will have uniform Bing AI Chat everywhere.

Toggle Copilot with Edge Bing AI Chat Icon
Toggle Copilot with Edge Bing AI Chat Icon

If you want the Copilot to use content from Edge tabs, click the three horizontal dots icon showing on top right corner of Copilot and select “Settings” option. And then turn on “Let Copilot use content from Microsoft Edge” option.

Allow Copilot to Use Edge Tabs
Allow Copilot to Use Edge Tabs

Enable or Disable Windows 11 Copilot

At this point, it does not make sense to use Copilot just to get factually incorrect results from Bing AI search. Even if you want, you can use it on bing.com instead of showing the icon in Taskbar. So, you can simply remove the Taskbar icon till the time Microsoft comes with some useful Copilot features.

  • Right-click on Taskbar and select “Taskbar settings” option.
Taskbar Settings
Taskbar Settings
  • Alternatively, press “Windows + I” keys to open Settings app and navigate to “Personalization > Taskbar” section.
  • Expand “Taskbar items” section and turn off “Copilot (preview)” option.
Disable Copilot in Windows 11
Disable Copilot in Windows 11
  • This will remove the Copilot icon from Taskbar and you can use Windows Search option instead.
Copilot Icon Removed from Taskbar
Copilot Icon Removed from Taskbar

Final Words

With AI hype is fading slowly, Microsoft is not ready to give up their poor-quality Bing AI Chat. Though the idea is good, the problem is the Bing search. Unless there are improvements in Bing search, no point of pushing that to large users through Windows 11. It will spoil good experience you can get with the default features like Windows 11 Search.

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