How to Enable or Disable Show Flashing on Taskbar Apps in Windows 11

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The article provides a tutorial on how to enable or disable the “Show flashing on taskbar apps” feature in Windows 11. This feature signifies system updates, hardware issues, and other notifications that require user attention through flashing icons on the taskbar. The process involves navigating to System Settings and adjusting the Taskbar behaviors.

This article describes steps to turn On or Off “Show flashing on taskbar apps” in Windows 11.

Windows notifies users when something within the System requires their attention or unread messages from apps and other services. There are two types of notifications that Windows displays:

  • System notifications – these are notifications that include system updates, security issues, hardware issues, and others.
  • Apps and services notifications – notifications from apps and services that require your attention – typically through the apps on the taskbar.

The apps and services notifications will typically blink red with animation on the taskbar when an action is needed. Windows also allows users to disable or enable Flash on taskbar apps, and the steps below show you how to do that.

How to enable or disable Flash on taskbar apps in Windows 11

As described above, Windows notifies users when something within the System requires their attention or unread messages from apps and other services.

If you do not want to flash animation for apps on the taskbar, you can turn it off, and the steps below show you how.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. As a result, everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

windows 11 new settings button
Windows 11 new settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In the Windows Settings app, click System on the left.

windows 11 personalization tile setting
Windows 11 personalization tile setting

On the right, select the Taskbar tile to expand.

windows 11 personalization taskbar tile
Windows 11 personalization taskbar tile

Select the Taskbar behaviors tile to expand on the Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar settings panel.

Under the Taskbar behaviors tile, check the box next to “Show flashing on taskbar apps” to enable app animation on the taskbar.

To disable it, uncheck the box and exit.

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Windows 11 shows flashing on taskbar apps

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn on or off “Show flashing on taskbar apps” in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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