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Taskbar Button Flash - Change Flash Count

How to Change Count of Flashes for Activated Window on Taskbar
Published by Airbot
16 Feb 2009
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How to Change Count of Flashes for Activated Window on Taskbar


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to change the number of flashes the taskbar buttons make to notify you when a Window/program (such as when an Antivirus program is finished scanning) is activated in the background in Windows 7 and Windows 8.


Note   Note
Microsoft has made changes to this since Build 7000 (notably Build 7048). They have changed the flashing animation curve to make it more noticeable ( from a sine wave to a sawtooth wave). They also implemented a bolder orange color and changed the default flash count from 3 to 7 appropriately.





Here's How:
1) Type regedit in your start menu search bar and open up the Registry Editor.

2) Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CONTROL PANEL\DESKTOP
3) In the right pane, right click on ForegroundFlashCount

4) Click on Modify, and select Decimal.


5) Change the Value to a higher number to however many flashes you want.
NOTE: The default value is 7.
  • Setting a Value of 1 will give you a single flash.
  • Setting a Value of 0 will give you indefinite flashes.
6) Close Regedit

7) Log off and Log on or Restart the Computer to apply the changes.
That's it...

Airbot




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03 Aug 2009   #1
RJV

Vista Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi Airbot

Is there any way to completely disable the Taskbar Flashing?

Thanks.

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03 Aug 2009   #2
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi RJV,


Not that I know of. Since setting it to 0 makes it continuously flash and 1 or above to the set number, there isn't a setting just for that for stopping it completely, at least that I have found. I even deleted the reg key and rebooted to see if it would have an effect, and it still flashes. Unless someone else knows a way how, I'd just set it at 1 if you don't like it.
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03 Aug 2009   #3
RJV

Vista Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi Airbot

Thanks for the information. If hear of a way to do this, do another tut.

The only problem I have with this is that I use a Netbook so destop space is precious. I like to keep the Taskbar hidden, but I usually have Messenger active and with all the activity, the Taskbar is constantly popping up with an orange button flashing.

Regards
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03 Aug 2009   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome, If I find a way, I'll post it up here.
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20 Sep 2009   #5
Taosgr

Xp
 
 

Use the TuneUp Utilities.. It has an option to disable it...
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20 Sep 2009   #6
Taosgr

Xp
 
 

Does anyone know a way to change the color of the flashing? I have a black theme and the flashing is black too... I would like another color...
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20 Sep 2009   #7
Zawarudo

Windows 7 7600 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Taosgr View Post
Does anyone know a way to change the color of the flashing? I have a black theme and the flashing is black too... I would like another color...
That's strange, I've a black theme too but the buttons always flash in the color that is dominant in the button's icon, like orange for firefox, pink for zune, red for avira, yellow for powerISO, etc...
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