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The Action Center in Windows 10 shows and logs various types of notifications, while also providing one-click access to different features with the Quick Action Buttons. If you don’t use the Quick Action Buttons, though, you can easily hide them using a registry hack.

How to Remove Quick Action Buttons by Editing the Registry

You can customize the actions available on the Quick Action Buttons or hide the entire Action Center. However, if you receive a lot of notifications in Windows 10 and you want to hide the Quick Action Buttons so the entire Action Center pane is available for notifications, we’ll show you how to apply a simple registry hack to do this. This hack is especially useful if you are using a small screen, but can also be used to only display one, two, or three buttons instead of the default four buttons.

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

To begin, log into Windows as the user for whom you want to hide the Quick Action Buttons. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows+R on the keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit in the “Open” edit box and click “OK”.

NOTE: You can also use the Search feature in Windows to find “regedit” and run it from the search results.

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If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click “Yes” to continue.

NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings.

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On the left side of the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key:

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

On the right side, you’ll see the PinnedQuickActionSlotCount value. Notice the 4 in parentheses under the Data column. That’s the default number of buttons that appears in the Quick Actions. To change the that value, double-click on the PinnedQuickActionSlotCount value.

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The Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialog box displays. To hide all the Quick Action Buttons, type a 0 in the “Value data” edit box and click “OK”.

NOTE: You can also enter 1, 2, or 3 in the “Value data” edit box to show that number of Quick Action Buttons. Enter 4 to go back to the default value.

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To close the Registry Editor, select “Exit” from the “File” menu.

For the change to take effect, you must either log out of your account and then log back in, or exit and restart explorer.exe.

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Now, when you open the Action Center pane, there will be no Quick Action Buttons (if you entered 0 as the value for the registry key). Note that the Actions buttons are not totally disabled. You can still access them by clicking “Expand” at the bottom of the Action Center pane.

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Download Our One-Click Registry Hacks

If you don’t feel like diving into the Registry yourself, we’ve created some downloadable registry hacks you can use. There are hacks to hide all four Quick Action Buttons or show one, two, three, or the default four buttons. All five hacks are included in the following ZIP file. Double-click the one you want to use and click through the prompts. Remember, once you’ve applied the hacks you want, log out of your account and log back in or exit and then restart explorer.exe for the change take effect.

Action Center Quick Action Button Hacks

These hacks are really just the applicable keys, stripped down to the values we talked about in this article and then exported to a .REG file. Running any of these hacks sets the PinnedQuickActionSlotCount value to 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4. And if you enjoy fiddling with the Registry, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to make your own Registry hacks.

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