Windows 10 Tip

How to disable badge notifications on the taskbar on Windows 10

If windows 10 badge notifications in the taskbar are getting in the way, then use this guide to disable the feature.

Disable badge notifications on the taskbar

On the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, Microsoft is adding many new improvements to Action Center and notifications. Among all many new changes, notification badges also are arriving to the taskbar.

Badges on Windows 10 are a new type of lightweight notifications that will alert you when you missed any event in the taskbar for a particular app without you having to open Action Center, Start menu, or the app.

Depending on the app, you will see a badge indicating the number of notifications you have missed. On the Mail app, you’ll see the number of emails you haven’t seen. The Alarm & Clock app will show any active alarm. The badge for the Weather app will let you know of any weather related condition alert, and so on.

However, these notifications can be intrusive and can easily clutter your taskbar, and as pretty much with any feature included in Windows, you can disable badge notifications if it’s something that you don’t need.

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to disable badge notifications included with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

How to disable badge notifications on taskbar buttons

  1. Use the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.

  2. Click Personalization.

  3. Click Taskbar.

  4. Turn off the Show badges on taskbar buttons.

    Disable badges on taskbar

Quick tip: If the “Show badges on taskbar buttons” option is grayed out, it’s possible that you’re using small taskbar button, which doesn’t support badges. If this is the case, turn off the “Use small taskbar buttons” option to enable badge notifications in the taskbar.

The new Action Center button located in the notification area also features a badge with the number of missed notifications. The button also can show app icons making easier for you to quickly identify which app you have missed notifications.

If you don’t want to see badge or app icons in the Action Center button, you can easily disable these features, by right-clicking the Action Center icon and select “Don’t show apps icons” and “Down show number of new notifications”.

Disable Action Center badge notifications

Do you think badges for apps on the taskbar are an useful addition to Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.