Off-topic: How to Get Rid of the Annoying Webex Tab on Top of Skype Windows

2014-11-03_09-49-56I am using the “Webex productivity tools” at work to quickly schedule and start meetings from within Outlook. It really is a very useful piece of software for those of us that do quite a few Webex conferences each week. However, it came with one annoying side effect: little webex tabs started to appear on select application windows. In particular, on top of Skype windows.

The tab looks like this:


And I find it very annoying as it breaks with the style of Windows and just adds superfluous and useless GUI chrome.

However, I finally figured out how to get rid of it. You have to start the “Webex Settings” program, found in the start menu by searching for it:


Once the settings program is up, go to the “Tools” tab (where it will for some unknown reason communicate with the server), and unselect the checkbox for integration with instant messaging programs. There are also some other checkboxes that might best be unchecked. I do not understand what the point is of having a webex instant message start in my web browser, and even less than that in Microsoft Office.


Once this is done, no more annoying webex tab. With some luck, this setting is now associated with my online Webex account, so that it will be retained if I install the tools on some other computer in the future.


9 thoughts on “Off-topic: How to Get Rid of the Annoying Webex Tab on Top of Skype Windows”

  1. thank you – Note on my PC the option is in a folder called ‘WebEx Productivity Tools’ and the link is ‘Preferences’

  2. many thanks! With the recent upgrade, the “Cisco Webex Meetings” desktop app is now the tool to use to change the preferences – but it worked like a charm!

  3. Thank you very much. With the recent update, “Cisco Webex Meetings” desktop app is the new tool to change preferences -> Open Cisco WebEx Meetings -> Top right corner click on the gear (settings) -> Preferences -> Integrations -> Uncheck the box Instant Messengers and that’s it. It worked like a charm.

  4. Thanks, Walter white! Such an annoying feature but thanks to you, I no longer have to deal with it.

  5. In 2019, it is now called “Preferences”. It has a WebEx icon next to it in your Start Menu of your Windows 10 PC. Once in the tool, click the gear > Preferences, go to the Integrations tab and unselect the applications including your chat tool.

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