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Notifications - Enable or Disable Message Balloons

How to Enable or Disable Balloon Notifications in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
29 May 2009
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How to Enable or Disable Balloon Notifications in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

information   Information
The notification area is located at the far right side of the taskbar. A notification informs users of events that are unrelated to the current user activity, by briefly displaying a balloon from an icon in the notification area. The notification could result from a user action or significant system event, or could offer potentially useful information from Windows or an application.

For more information about balloon notifications, see: Notifications


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable displaying all balloon notifications in the taskbar notification area for all or specific users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Note   Note
This can be handy since the only options available in the customize Notification Area Icon settings are Show icon and notifications, Hide icon and notifications, or Only show notifications, and no Only show icons option. When Notifications is disabled, it will let you show all notification icons without showing any balloon notifications for any of the icons.


EXAMPLE: Balloon Notification
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OPTION ONE
To Enable or Disable Balloon Notifications using a REG File
1. To Enable Balloon Notifications for All Users
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Enable_Notifications.reg

download
2. To Disable Balloon Notifications for All users
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Disable_Notifications.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

8. If enabled, don't forget to set your Notification Area Icons customize settings how you like.



OPTION TWO
To Enable or Disable Balloon Notifications Using Group Policy
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on the arrow to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, then click/tap on Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on Turn off all balloon notifications to edit it. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Balloon Notifications
A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 6 below. (See screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
5. To Disable Balloon Notifications
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 6 below. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

8. If enabled, don't forget to set your Notification Area Icons customize settings how you like.

That's it,
Shawn




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10 Feb 2010   #1
andr1don2

Windows 7
 
 

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium, after I did used the option #1 (through a download) and completely did those steps, the balloon notifications still not appear on my taskbar, especially when I want disconnect the USB modem and I don't see the safe remove hardware balloon notification.

When I click the safe remove hardware icon for unplug my USB Flashdisk , the balloon notifications ( You are now safe to remove your device ..) will appear, but if I click the icon for unplug my USB Modem, the balloon notification is not appear. .so I unplug my USB Modem straightly..

Please help me.. thanks


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10 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Andr1don2,

You're balloon notifications are enabled if you are getting one for the USB flash drive.

I'm not sure that you would get a balloon notification for a USB modem since it's not a hard drive that could be in use being written to or read from. You might post this in the "Hardware and Devices" forum area to see if anyone else that has a USB modem is getting one with theirs.
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10 Feb 2010   #3
andr1don2

Windows 7
 
 

ok Boss..thank very much for your advise..success for you
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10 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Please keep us informed if you find out anything else on it.
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17 Dec 2010   #5
xjcrazed

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

What about editing HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\TaskbarNoNotification?

The key didn't exist for me (actually neither did the Explorer Key, it had to be created as well), but creating a DWORD value called 'TaskbarNoNotification' and setting the data to '1' did the trick for me. This is the key that the Group Policy Editor changes, the difference is if you set it in group policy, it applies to all users. If you edit (or create) this key it can be done on a per user basis.

Rob
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17 Dec 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rob,

That's correct, and is what the REG files in OPTION ONE will do for you automatically instead of having to manually do it in Registry Editor.
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23 Dec 2010   #7
xjcrazed

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Just thought it might make a nice option 3 for those that are more comfortable modifying their own registry than downloading someone else's .reg file.

Rob
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23 Dec 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No worries Rob. That's fine.
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11 Mar 2012   #9
ksanger35

win 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Thank you for the registry key info.

I have Windows 7 Home and could not find a "group policy editor". I don't believe its included. Appreciate the registry key as I'ld rather know what to change instead of run code from an unknown source.

While mucking with the Registry might be dangerous I've managed to do so for ever without creating a problem so it can't be that bad.

Thanks again.
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