How to Hide Badges on Taskbar Icons in Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Thursday, June 2, 2022

How to Hide Badges on Taskbar Icons in Windows 11

Notifications have become an integral part of our lives. They keep us updated, help us maintain our schedule, and most of all keep us up to date with the latest and greatest news. However, recent companies seem to have come out on top when it comes to getting your attention. Banner notifications, badges, reminders and more can invade your life very easily if not managed properly. While the advent of Windows 11 has brought us improved notifications, you'll also get taskbar badges now, especially if you've pinned IM to it. This can be annoying and you may want to disable it. Here's how you can do it.

Disable badges on Taskbar

1. Open Settings app from the Start Menu on your machine.

2. Next, click on the Personalization tab present on the left sidebar of the Settings window.

3. Now, scroll down to locate and click on the Taskbar tile from the right part of the window.

4. Then find and click the Taskbar Behavior tab to expand the settings.

5. Next, click the checkbox before the Show badges on taskbar apps option to uncheck it.

Close the app and the changes are now in your taskbar. You will no longer receive badge notifications for pinned apps on your taskbar.


Still getting badges but they don't update?

This may be because the changes are still not reflected in File Explorer. This can often happen on older systems with lower memory. You can either restart your system to fix this problem or use the instructions below to restart File Exlorer.

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open the task manager and switch to the Details tab.

2. Search for explorer.exe and click and select the process.

3. Now press Delete on your keyboard or click End Task. Confirm your choice by selecting End Process.

4. Click File and select Run New Task.

5. Type explorer.exe and press Enter on your keyboard. You can also click Ok.

And that's it! File Explorer will now restart and the badges will no longer show up on your taskbar.

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