How to Turn On or Off Notification Badging for Microsoft accounts on the Start menu in Windows 11 

Windows 11 background monitor with notification badge

This article explains enabling or disabling notification badging for Microsoft accounts on the Start menu in Windows 11.

Over the past few months, Microsoft introduced a badging notification feature on the Start menu for Microsoft accounts. Starting with Windows 11 build 23451, its rollout has expanded to more users.

The badging notification feature gives users quick access to critical account-related notifications, including notifications to up all of their data, manage subscriptions, and help with adding extra security steps so users are never locked out of their accounts.

This feature isn’t yet available to all Windows 11 users. However, most computers enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program may see it.

How to enable or disable notifications badging in Windows 11

As described above, if you are logged into Windows with your Microsoft Account, you may see a new notification badging feature on the Start menu.

Here’s how to enable or disable it in Windows 11.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Personalization button on the left.

Windows 11 Personalization in the Settings app

On the right, select the Start tile to expand it.

Windows Start tile in the Settings app

On the Personalization -> Start settings pane, toggle the switch button to the On position for Show account-related notifications to enable.

To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off position.

You can close the Settings app when done.

Turn on or off Microsoft account notification badging via Windows Registry

Another way users can turn on or off the new Microsoft account notifications badging in Windows 11 is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

If you don’t see the Advanced folder key, right-click on the Explorer key, then create the subkey (Advanced) folders.

windows registry advanced key
windows registry advanced key

Right-click the Advanced folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, type a new key named Start_AccountNotifications.

Double-click the new key item name (Start_AccountNotifications) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data:

  • Type 1 to enable this feature.
  • Type 0 to disable this feature.

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2023/05/04/announcing-windows-11-insider-preview-build-23451/

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the new notifications badging for Microsoft accounts in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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Richard W

I love computers; maybe way too much. What I learned I try to share at geekrewind.com.

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