The icons in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen on your Windows 10 computer provide quick access to your programs. By simply clicking an icon, such as the envelope, you can open a commonly-used program, such as Mail.
But you may have noticed that some of the icons have numbers on them, and that you don’t like the way it looks. These numbers are called badges, and indicate that there is something with the application that requires your attention. Our tutorial below will show you how to disable these badges for your taskbar icons.
How to Hide Badge Icons in Windows 10
The steps in this article were performed on a laptop computer using the Windows 10 operating system. By completing the steps in this guide you will be changing a setting for your taskbar icon so that badges on those icons are hidden.
Step 1: Right-click in an empty space on the taskbar and choose the Taskbar settings option.
Step 2: Scroll down and click the button under Show badges on taskbar buttons to remove the badges from your icons.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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