Disable Flashing Taskbar buttons or icons on Windows taskbar

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  1. I implemented the ForegroundFlashCount hack in the registry, but it does not work, the apps in the task bar still flash :-((

  2. Update 19 June: it does not work. I put both parameters to zero, it worked once then went back to normal, even though both are still at zero πŸ™

  3. This solution doesn’t work on Windows 10 Build 10240 πŸ™
    If you know how to get it working, could you please update the article? Thanks!

  4. Anand, I also mentioned it does not work – I have windows 8.1. You said 1 month ago you’d check & report back. So far, no news.
    On Windows 10 it does not work either. Should we conclude it does not work on any of the latest windows versions??

  5. I’ve discovered a fix! keep the ForeGroundFlashCount to 0,
    but change the TimeOut value to 1.
    This seems to have worked for me so far! ive struggled with this for ages just like you all have!
    JC

  6. that sucks! ill be able to test it more during the week as ill be receiving notifications all day. until I find a good fix for you i’ll keep at it.
    JC

  7. Nothing yet I’m afraid. Been playing with the variables but so far only my music application has stopped flashing. Skype still continues to do it.

  8. Figured anything out yet? I’ve reinstalled windows 10, and now what worked in the past doesn’t even work anymore! so frustrating….

  9. I think we should just drop it because it is not a big enough issue to spend more time on. In any case I will just let it go.

  10. Great!

    This also fixes a bug in Windows 10 virtual desktops:

    If you quickly change a virtual desktop, it sometimes starts to flash a random program from another desktop in the desktop you just switched to.

    If you set the flash timeout and flash count to zero, this doesn’t seem to happen anymore.

  11. I have both flashcount and locktimeout to 1 and 0 respectively… icons still grab attention (They stop flashing after 1 but stay ‘lit’) and the taskbar stays up until I go click in the app. No idea why. It’s really flippin annoying.

  12. I have the same problem,and nothing of this didn’t work on my win 8.1.I changed the values to 0 and nothing.But,I start the win defender quick scan and when used ALT+TAB I found icon that says do I wan’t to remove malicius software,said yes and then stop blinking.I hope that will work for you.

  13. i found 2 more ForegroundFlashCount by using regedit find
    use regedit find for ForegroundFlashCount and ForegroundLockTimeout

    i found 2 or 3 in H_key_users…..desktop
    change all of them

    it seems 2b working

  14. i found 2 more ForegroundFlashCount by using regedit find
    use regedit find for ForegroundFlashCount and ForegroundLockTimeout

    i found 2 or 3 in H_key_users…..desktop
    change all of them

    it seems 2b working

    Addenda
    know its not working
    i must check if something has reset the value

    but then it works again know

    odd?

  15. Can you recommend a way for me to stop receiving any notifications? It is currently getting stuck for me, no matter what I do it remains orange until I completely close the entire application and re-open it again! I HATE THIS!

  16. It’s working for me, but I never restart it, so no problem, I’m on windows 7 SP1 lastest patch..

  17. I am kind of late to this article, but it is very helpful. Anyone reading this comment, please reply to let me know I am not alone πŸ™‚

  18. Since this is in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, you might need to set it on multiple users. If some applications run with administrator privileges, your admin account may need to have it set. Possibly even the SYSTEM user for things like anti-virus popups.

  19. A lot of people seem to still get the flashing taskbar icons despite Anand’s recommendations. I followed them too and they did not work for me. I dug around the internet a bit more and came up with this:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop:
    * set ForegroundFlashCount to 1
    * set ForegroundLockTimeout DWORD hexadecimal value to 30d40
    Note: Those are zeros in that value, not ‘o’ letters. There are no o’s in hexadecimal and so they wouldn’t be accepted, but it should be mentioned nonetheless. (https://www.lifewire.COM/how-to-prevent-programs-from-stealing-focus-in-windows-2624453)

    That way a taskbar icon that tries to “steal focus” will turn yellow but not flash. I find that less distracting than a continuously flashing icon.

    I have not been able to find a solution whereby the taskbar icon does not even change colour.

  20. Years later and Microsoft still can’t do anything about this. It’s so frustrating that users can change all sorts of nonsensical and really stupid settings, but really annoying stuff remains unaddressed.

  21. The colour change remains, but you can get rid of the flashing, which I find more annoying than a continuously lit up task bar icon. You can achieve that if you follow the steps I outlined above. I don’t think it is possible to refine it any further.

  22. Thanks and yes, I agree. I did what you suggested and thankfully it made my problem a bit smaller.
    My biggest problem by far is that I have my taskbar up on top and switched to invisible. If someone just sends me even a confirmation thumbs up the entire bar comes down and blocks the commands of the current programme.
    So I first need to go the one hogging the focus, acknowledge the receipt and only hen can I continue working.
    It’s annoying and a shame that I can no longer configure it. It used to be easy to switch off notifications, but today every programmer thinks his programme is incredibly important and requires immediate attention.
    But thanks for your input.

  23. I did that, changing the flash count to 2, because I still like to be alerted. Unfortunately, it still flashed continuously.

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