In this article, learn how to show/hide badges on taskbar buttons in Windows 10 using Settings app or via registry manipulation.

By default, if you’re running Windows 10 V1703 or later, you’ll see badges on taskbar buttons. This means if you’ve open/pinned an app which has a number of notifications, then this number will be show on app icon present on taskbar. This will be helpful to users and they can see which app has how many notifications, in the real-time.

How To Show Hide Badges On Taskbar Buttons In Windows 10

In this article, we’ll show you how to show or hide these badges on taskbar buttons as per you needs.

How To Show/Hide Badges On Taskbar Buttons In Windows 10

Method 1 – Via Settings App

FYI: These steps are illustrated on Windows 10 V1903. The options and text labels may vary with successive versions.

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Settings.

2. In the Settings app, navigate to Personalization > Taskbar.

3. Now in right pane of Taskbar, under Show badges on taskbar buttons, toggle the option to On to let Windows show badges on taskbar. Or you can toggle the option to Off to hide badges on app buttons on taskbar.

How To Show Hide Badges On Taskbar Buttons In Windows 10

Your settings will be saved and applied immediately.

Above mentioned setting can be configured using registry, as mentioned in Method 2 below.

Method 2 – Via Registry

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

How To Show Hide Badges On Taskbar Buttons In Windows 10

3. Now in the right pane of Advanced registry key, look for registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) named as TaskbarBadges which might be set to 1 which means badges on taskbar will be shown. Double click on this registry DWORD to modify its Value data:

How To Show Hide Badges On Taskbar Buttons In Windows 10

4. Set the Value data to 0 to hide badges on taskbar buttons. Click OK and close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective.

That’s it!

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