[Windows 10 Tip] Disable “Quick Actions” Buttons in Action Center

We know that Microsoft has replaced the annoying "Charms Bar" introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with the new "Action Center" also known as "Notification Center" in Windows 10 operating system. Action Center in Windows 10 is pretty much similar to notification center found in Google Android or Windows phones. It shows various notifications related to system events and apps and also helps users in accessing useful options such as Bluetooth, location, connect, settings, etc with the help of "Quick Actions" buttons.

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By default total of 4 "Quick Actions" buttons are shown in Action Center and a collapse/expand button is given to access all "Quick Actions" buttons. Windows 10 also allows users to customize which 4 "Quick Actions" buttons should be shown in Action Center using Settings -> System -> Notifications and Actions page. On that page, you can choose which "Quick Actions" buttons do you want to show in Action Center.

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But sometimes you may not need these "Quick Actions" buttons and you may want to remove the "Quick Actions" buttons from Action Center. Unfortunately Windows 10 doesn't provide any built-in option to disable these "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center.

UPDATE: Now newer Windows 10 builds come with a built-in option to rearrange or add/remove Quick Actions buttons in Action Center. Check out following tutorial for more details:

[Windows 10 Tip] Rearrange or Add/Remove Quick Actions in Action Center

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a Registry tweak which will help you in disabling these "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center. Using this Registry tweak you'll also be able to change the number of "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center. You can show only 1, 2 or 3 "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center with the help of this trick. Thanks to our reader "Armond" for sharing this trick.

If you want to remove all "Quick Actions" buttons from Action Center or want to change the count of "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center, follow these simple steps:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\ActionCenter\Quick Actions

3. In right-side pane, you'll seeĀ PinnedQuickActionSlotCount DWORD. This DWORD determines the number of "Quick Actions" buttons to be shown in Action Center. By default the value of this DWORD is set to 4 which means 4 "Quick Actions" buttons are shown in Action Center and you can show all "Quick Actions" buttons using Expand button.

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4. If you want to disable all "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center, double-click on PinnedQuickActionSlotCount DWORD and change its value to 0

You'll need to restart Explorer or log off to apply changes. You can restart Explorer using following methods:

[Guide] Different Ways to Close and Restart Explorer in Windows

That's it. It'll remove all "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center as shown in following image:

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5. If you want to change number of "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center, double-click on PinnedQuickActionSlotCount DWORD and change its value to 1 or 2 or 3 to show 1, 2 or 3 "Quick Actions" buttons respectively.

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PS: If you want to restore "Quick Actions" buttons in Action Center, change the value of PinnedQuickActionSlotCount DWORD to 4 again.

NOTE: If you are not familiar with Registry editing tasks, we are also providing ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically. Download following ZIP file, extract it and run the desired .REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it. Restart Explorer to take effects:

Registry Scripts to Disable or Change Number of Quick Actions Buttons

BONUS TIP:

If you want to completely disable Action Center and Notifications in Windows 10, following tutorials will help you:





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Comments

  • I cannot be the only person on this planet who finds the Charms Bar rather useful, and NOT annoying.

  • Good tip. But why would someone do that?

  • ^^ Because those buttons look very ugly to some people like me. ;)

    @Sami Kabir
    Charms bar is good for touch devices. On PC its a disaster.

  • I have latest Windows 10 Pro and it comes with 13 Quick access.

  • We all have our opinions, Karma. To me, Windows 8(.1) is great the way it was made. The UI is on point and got only better in Windows 10. If only they would have kept the option to bring back Charms Bar. I use it all the time on my laptop running 8.1 - and it isn't a "touch" device. Sadly, not a lot of people will agree with me.

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